COVID-19 may have disappeared from the headlines but the coronavirus hasn’t gone away.
In fact, with the start of cold weather and holiday gatherings, it appears to be making a comeback.
That may be one of the reasons that the U.S. Postal Service is resuming free delivery of COVID-19 tests to Americans who request them.
Residential households can order one set of four free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s the order form.
Orders of free tests are limited to one order per residential address. Each order includes four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests. You can order now but shipping will begin the week of December 19, 2022.
If you have COVID-19 tests sitting on the shelf it may be wise to check the expiration date. The tests don’t last forever.
Wide-ranging expiration dates
If the expiration date column says that the shelf-life is “extended,” there is a link to “updated expiration dates” where you can find a list of the original expiration dates and the new expiration dates. If the expiration date column does not say the shelf-life is extended, that means the expiration date on the box label of your test is still correct.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have been rising since early November. So have deaths.