As COVID cases continue to increase in New Jersey and across the country, it has become very difficult to perform a home COVID test both in stores and online due to the incredibly high demand.
New Jersey reported 20,428 positive cases and more than 4,000 hospital patients with the coronavirus on Monday. That’s a 76% increase in just one week. The spike in cases also resulted in overloading of test sites, causing queues and extremely long wait times.
New Jersey offers a free home test that can be delivered to your doorstep, but for some families that isn’t enough testing and it won’t be all winter long.
Here are four tips for finding a home COVID test that you can purchase online:
1. Keep a Walmart page open in your browser and refresh it often – you might get lucky.
BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test (2 counts) is one of the most popular and trusted home rapid tests on the market. A two-pack typically costs between $ 15 and $ 20. But those who have shopped at Walmart online have likely seen it in stock and out of stock online recently. If you keep checking, you might get lucky at the right time, especially if that time is in the middle of the night.
2. Beware of fake tests
Unauthorized fraudulent COVID tests are sold online, according to the FDA. It’s important to make sure the test you buy is FDA cleared from a reputable company, and you should get tired of third-party sellers, especially on Amazon. You can search the FDA’s Fraudulent Product Database here.
3. Sign up for NowInStock email alerts
The platform “monitors the websites of online retailers to see when products are in stock or on pre-order,” according to its website. Click here to view the currently available home COVID tests and sign up here to receive email alerts on stock updates.
4.Amazon sells PCR tests cleared by the FDA, but at a somewhat high price
The online retail giant has released its own in-home COVID-19 test collection kit for $ 39.99. While it’s more expensive, it ships relatively quickly whether or not you have a Prime membership. It is effective for both symptomatic and asymptomatic coronavirus cases. Use of the test collection kit is permitted for persons 18 years of age or older. No prescription is required.
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