COVID tests

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

Better Get Your Order in for 4 More Free COVID Tests

After Friday, government will no longer accept orders for the latest round of free tests

(Newser) - If you haven't ordered your latest round of free COVID tests and you want them, do it today: The United States Postal Service will stop accepting orders for the at-home test kits after Friday, the Guardian reports. The Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, a division of the US...

Free At-Home COVID Tests Are Coming Back

Government will once again offer 4 per household

(Newser) - With COVID hospitalizations back on the rise and experts warning about a possible winter surge, the federal government is once again offering free at-home tests that people can order starting next week. Four free testing kits will be mailed per household, Politico reports. The government had previously distributed COVID tests...

White House Announces Winter COVID Plan

Free home test program is being reinstated

(Newser) - With COVID cases rising yet again, the federal government is bringing back its program to mail free home test kits on request. "In the absence of Congress providing additional funding for the nation’s COVID-19 response, the Administration has acted with its limited existing funding to add more at-home...

Walensky Tests Positive Again

Walensky Tests Positive Again

CDC director returns to isolation with mild COVID-19 symptoms

(Newser) - The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is back in isolation at home, after testing positive again for COVID-19. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, 53, first had a positive test on Oct 21. She then tested negative after completing a regimen of the antiviral Paxlovid, but mild symptoms returned...

Shanghai Disney Visitors Just Got an Unpleasant Surprise

Park closed indefinitely on Monday, and guests inside can't leave till they show negative COVID test

(Newser) - An NPR headline from early Monday morning notes that, due to COVID, Shanghai Disney and its adjacent shopping community will be closed indefinitely from Halloween on forward. What that headline fails to mention is that all the visitors at the theme park when officials decided to abruptly close the gates...

Biden Tests Negative but Still Will Isolate

President hasn't left the White House for 17 days

(Newser) - President Biden's daily coronavirus test came back negative on Saturday, after he contracted what his doctor has called a rebound COVID-19 case. Dr. Kevin O'Connor wrote that Biden is feeling well, CNN reports. Still, he said, the president "will continue his strict isolation measures pending a second...

Second Straight Positive Test Will Keep Biden in Isolation

Doctor refers to infection as a rebound case

(Newser) - Update: For the second day in a row, President Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, his doctor said Sunday. Dr. Kevin O'Connor said in a letter that the president's "rebound positivity" wasn't surprising, CBS News reports. It occurs, though not often, among patients who've been...

Researchers: Dogs Can Detect COVID Better Than Some Tests
Scientists Find Much Cuter
Way to Sniff Out COVID

Scientists Find Much Cuter Way to Sniff Out COVID

Canines trained to smell for virus correctly IDed 97% of positive cases, 100% of asymptomatic ones

(Newser) - Suspect you have COVID but don't feel up to dragging yourself out to an urgent care for testing? Sometime in the future, you may be able to simply call your dog over. At least, that's what researchers are hoping after they found that dogs trained to sniff out...

You Can Get 8 More Free COVID Tests
You Can Get 8 More
Free COVID Tests

You Can Get 8 More Free COVID Tests

Government announces kits are again available

(Newser) - The Biden administration on Tuesday announced a third round of free at-home COVID tests. This time, US households can get eight test kits, as opposed to four in prior rounds, per CNN . Tests can be ordered at . The White House says the government has delivered about 350 million...

Breathalyzer Can Tell if You Have COVID in 3 Minutes

FDA grants emergency use authorization to breath test

(Newser) - A coronavirus breathalyzer could soon be coming to a doctor's office, hospital, or testing site near you. For the first time, a COVID-19 breath test has been granted emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration, USA Today reports. Patients blow into tubes in a manner similar to...

Hong Kong to All Residents: Please Test for 3 Days Straight
In Hong Kong,
a Big Ask on COVID

In Hong Kong, a Big Ask on COVID

City wants all 7.4M residents to voluntarily test for COVID for 3 days in a row next week

(Newser) - Hong Kong authorities on Saturday asked the entire population of more than 7.4 million people to voluntarily test themselves for COVID-19 at home for three days in a row starting next week. The announcement by Chief Executive Carrie Lam came as the southern Chinese city is struggling to contain...

WH Officials: There's No Money for 4th Doses for All

...unless Congress approves $15B in emergency funding for COVID response

(Newser) - If you're 65 and older and awaiting your second COVID booster shot, or have kids under 5 who you hope can soon receive their initial vaccine, administration officials tell the Washington Post there are enough doses at the ready for when those approvals come in. For everyone else, though,...

You Can Order Another Round of Free COVID Tests

Biden administration opens it up for repeat customers

(Newser) - With nearly half of the 500 million free COVID tests the Biden administration secured for Americans still unclaimed , US households can now sign up for a second shipment. Anyone who wants four more rapid tests can sign up at and the US Postal Service will ship them out,...

Nearly Half of Biden's 500M Free COVID Tests Remain Unclaimed

It's not clear what will become of surplus

(Newser) - Nearly half of the 500 million free COVID-19 tests the Biden administration recently made available to the public still have not been claimed as virus cases plummet and people feel less urgency to test, the AP reports. Wild demand swings have been a subplot in the pandemic, from vaccines to...

COVID Patient Has Tested Positive 78 Straight Times

Man has asked Turkish government for help after 14 months of isolation

(Newser) - Since late 2020, Muzzafer Kayasan has taken 78 COVID-19 tests. Every one has come back positive. The result is that he's spent 14 months in isolation, either in a Turkish hospital or at home, Business Insider reports. The 56-year-old leukemia patient, who's home now in Istanbul, has gotten...

Sources: Wildly Long Table for Putin, Macron Was No Accident

Members of French leader's team say he feared DNA being swiped, wouldn't take COVID test

(Newser) - The Citizen Kane-like table that Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin sat at earlier this week during their talks on the Russia-Ukraine standoff wasn't just symbolic. Two members of the French leader's team tell Reuters that Macron was told he had to take a Russian COVID test before meeting...

After Testing Positive, Palin Causes a Stir at Restaurants

New York City suggests people who came in contact with her take a coronavirus test

(Newser) - Restaurants like repeat customers, but they might have mixed feelings about those who have COVID-19. Sarah Palin has tested positive for the illness, which was enough to postpone the trial in her defamation lawsuit against the New York Times but not enough to keep her from dining out while she'...

Free Test Website Goes Live Wednesday
Feds Launch Website for
Free COVID Tests Early

Feds Launch Website for Free COVID Tests Early

White House says it is operating at a 'limited capacity'

(Newser) - Update: The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online. The website,, now includes a link for Americans to access an order form run by the US Postal Service,...

Mom Accused of Putting Teen in Trunk Gets Good News

Son, said to have COVID, reportedly found in car's trunk after Sarah Beam got to COVID testing site

(Newser) - Update: A high school teacher in Texas got some good news after being accused of putting her teen son in her car's trunk so she wouldn't be exposed to the coronavirus. Per CNN , Harris County Judge Chris Morton ruled on Thursday there was no probable cause to charge...

Free COVID Tests Could Start Shipping Next Week

White House is working with the USPS on the plan

(Newser) - The seasonal workers brought in by the US Postal Service to deal with the onslaught of holiday mail might be sticking around to help send out hundreds of millions of COVID test kits. Sources tell the Washington Post that President Biden's administration is pushing forward with plans to send...

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>