Biden offers more free Covid tests, though demand slows
He said the next tranche of tests should be available with “very rapid turnaround”.
Public health experts said the tests, although arrived late, served important purposes beyond diagnosing the infection. Lindsey Dawson, a policy analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation who has studied rapid test availability, said the mail program had helped shift the notion of rapid tests from a scarce luxury to a common, accessible resource.
“Just introducing them to someone like, ‘Oh, this isn’t so intimidating. I can have these at home. I can use them for myself. I can use them on my baby and the world’ I can move in a way that feels more secure,” she said of mass distribution.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends using at-home tests after exposure to the virus, when experiencing symptoms of COVID, or before indoor gatherings with vulnerable people.
Other components of the Biden administration’s pandemic response will rely on testing, such as the “test to test” initiative, which allows Americans to get tested and get antiviral drugs on the spot in pharmacies, community health centers and long-term care facilities . if they test positive.
Meanwhile, some public health experts have warned that after the CDC recently eased mask recommendations for much of the country, people could be at greater risk of exposing them to the virus, even if Be less around it.
Millions of Americans lack immunity, and the youngest children are still ineligible for vaccination.
Christina Rondinone, a stay-at-home mom in Jupiter, Fla., has maintained a small stockpile of tests from a nearby pharmacy and Postal Service program in recent months. She plans to ask the government to order four more tests, which she can use before visiting her father, who has lung and kidney disease and needs dialysis, putting him at risk of severe COVID-19. Ms Rondinone, 35, said the tests were similar to a first aid kit in her home; She said she would like to start using them after attending crowded indoor events without masks.
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