Looking for a home COVID test? It may seem daunting, but it’s possible to find test kits in stores and online with a few tools, determination, and sometimes luck in the face of continuing shortage.
Some are using the same tactics to find the tests that are being used to score the Hard-to-find PS5 and Xbox Series X video game consoles: Tracking Twitter and social media accounts that explode when tests become available again.
There are also apps and websites that alert consumers when new tests arrive.
And there’s Eli Coustan, a 14-year-old from the Chicago suburb of Evanston, whose mission is to help people find home evidence.
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The ninth grader said he started his website Findacovidtest.org at the end of December after seeing how difficult it was to find the home tests.
“I had created a site to find vaccines before the pandemic and knew I could use a lot of similar technology to create something to find home tests that you can order online and ship,” Eli told USA TODAY, adding that he started ILVaccine.org in February 2021 after seeing how difficult it was for her grandparents to get dates.
Tips for finding COVID tests at home
Your mileage may vary, but here are some tips to help you find home COVID tests and other items in short supply.
For online shopping, alerts or notifications, whether from store apps or third-party sites or apps, are one of the best ways to find available inventory when restocking.
Target has in-stock alerts that you can sign up for with their app. applications, including hot action, it can also send you notifications. The app is free, but there is an option to pay $5.49 to receive notifications for up to 10 products.
Eli says his site updates automatically every five to 10 minutes and site visitors can sign up for text notifications.
The site tracks online inventory of COVID tests at Amazon, CVS, Costco, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club and more, and you can select the brand of test you’re interested in.
♦ Shopping advice: Once you get an alert, you’ll need to act fast as supplies will run out quickly and it may take several tries.
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Check test inventory in store with apps and Google Shopping
Before you head to a Target, Walmart, or other retailer, you can get a better idea of the store’s inventory by checking the store’s websites or apps. But just like online ordering, inventory can change quickly.
Google Shopping also allows shoppers to check store inventory from home. Find local stores that sell the products you’re looking for on Google Shopping, and select the “in stock” filter to see only nearby stores that have it on their shelves.
Follow Replenishment Twitter Accounts for COVID Testing Updates
according to a Vice On Thursday, several PS5 resupply accounts on Twitter began posting alerts about the availability of the COVID-19 test.
Here are three Twitter accounts to check for test updates:
How to get free home COVID testing with insurance
With insurance companies now cover over-the-counter tests from Saturday there will be new motivation to find evidence. Many will be free after insurance reimbursement.
Private health plans are required to cover over-the-counter tests for up to $12 per test. Consumers can obtain test kits free of charge at participating pharmacies set up by their plan or submit receipts for insurance company reimbursement.
Learn more about how to get insurance reimbursement here.
Apply for free tests at COVIDtests.gov starting Wednesday
Americans can begin requesting free COVID-19 tests beginning Wednesday from the Biden administration’s account. new website. No refund required and shipping is free.
The website for ordering is COVIDtests.gov and the site says, “Every household in the US can soon order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests.”
The tests, part of the administration’s purchase of 500 million tests last month to help tackle a record surge in infections, will be mailed to homes within seven to 12 days, according to an official who told The Associated Press. journalists.
Contributors: Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY; Associated Press
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism