PCR COVID-19 testing in the U.S. over the past few weeks has involved long waits in poor conditions, and finding quick antigen tests seemed like a punch game.
As the omicron version of the coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S., the White House is launching a website – COVIDtests.gov – where Americans can request that up to four rapid tests be sent to their homes starting next week.
The White House also announced on Wednesday it would distribute 5 million free rapid tests and five million PRC laboratory tests K-12 schools from this month. These allocations are in addition to the more than $ 10 billion earmarked for school tests approved in COVID-19 Assistance Act.
“We are doing everything in our power to ensure that our children have the opportunity to stay in school,” said Education Minister Miguel Cardona. told CBS Mornings. “They have to be there and we know we can do it safely.”
The Biden’s administration he said on monday from Saturday onwards, separately health insurance companies they will have to cover up to eight domestic COVID-19 tests per month for the people in their plans.
Americans will be able to purchase free home test kits under their insurance or submit invoices for refund tests, up to a monthly limit per person.
Americans receiving Medicare will not be able to be reimbursed for tests through a federal insurance plan, but Medicaid and child health insurance plans must cover the cost of home tests.
People not included in the insurance plan can receive free tests on an upcoming federal website or at some local communities and pharmacies.
The pressure comes when the variant of concern sent case numbers to the sky and beyond criticism President Biden regarding the lack of rapid tests at home during the holiday season.
“All of this is part of our overall strategy to increase free access to home tests that are easy to use,” Health and Human Services Minister Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “By requiring private health plans to cover people’s tests at home, we are further expanding the ability of Americans to get tests for free when they need them.”
Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dr. Rochelle Walensky is honey Briefing of the COVID-19 White House Response Team that the seven-day daily average of COVID-19 cases increased by about 47% last week. Hospitalizations increased by about 33%.
The health chief told reporters that Americans should be tested every time they have symptoms that appear to be COVID-19.
“So, fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory symptoms, muscle aches when exposed – that is, five days after being exposed to someone who has COVID-19 – and certainly if you get together with your family, if you are going to a meeting where there are people with weakened immune systems or where they are elderly or where you have people who may not be vaccinated or poorly protected from the vaccine, this may be an opportunity you would like to try.stay test‘in other protocols,’ Walensky explained.
Jordan Savitsky, who as CEO of ATC Alert Health oversees COVID-19 testing programs for businesses, told Fox News last week that brands of home tests are not important.
“I would say I would do any test I could get because at the moment we are simply not in an environment where anyone could choose,” he added.
While Savitsky said he believes supply will eventually catch up with demand, it may be too late for many Americans to try to beat the Omicron wave.
Scientists see signals that the wave may have peaked in the UK and will soon reach the US
“I think it’s hard to process what’s actually going on right now, which means most people are going to get COVID, okay?” Said the acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Janet Woodcock said Tuesday. “We need to make sure the hospitals are still operating – transport, other essential services are not disrupted while this is happening.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.