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It’s been two years since the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic of global concern. With the emergence of new variants, especially Delta and Omicron, demand for supplies and at-home test kits has once again skyrocketed across the US.
The CDC recommends vaccines and boosters, wearing face masks and frequent testing to curb the spread of Omicron. To further reduce the chance of spread, it also encourages rapid COVID tests as an over-the-counter, at-home way to screen yourself for the virus if you have symptoms of or have been exposed to COVID-19.
If you’re concerned that you may be infected, please seek medical advice from a health professional immediately.
Where can I buy COVID at-home test kits online?
Long lines at testing sites and clinics have led to a surge in demand for rapid at-home test kits for COVID-19. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved more than 400 at-home rapid tests designed for COVID screening for what’s called emergency use authorization since March 2020. Emergency use allows companies to bring their products to market faster in unusual circumstances, such as during a pandemic.
We’ve rounded up top retailers that advertise at-home COVID tests in stock for immediate purchase. Note that stock and price frequently fluctuate.
Where to buy at-home COVID tests
There are several at-home COVID tests available to choose from.
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Where can I buy face masks online?
Regardless of vaccination status, the CDC recommends wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19, especially as new variants like Delta and Omicron emerge. Also, all individuals must wear face masks where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplaces.
We’ve rounded up top retailers that advertise face masks, including nonsurgical N95s, in stock for purchase.
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Which is the best mask to fight COVID and new variants like Delta and Omicron?
With the emergence of variants, the CDC now suggests cloth or homemade masks aren’t the safest precaution, and consumers should upgrade to nonsurgical N95s. Surgical N95 masks should be reserved for health care providers, but the general public can use nonsurgical N95s when supplies are available.
Some N95 masks have valves that make them easier to breathe through. Unfortunately, these masks don’t filter the air when you exhale and you could potentially spread the virus to people within proximity if you’re infected. Many locations have banned N95 masks with valves, including most healthcare centers and facilities.
How can I stay healthy?
As new variants emerge, it’s important to stay on top of the latest guidelines and recommendations to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and help keep yourself from getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the nation’s health protection agency and a good primary source of information.
Latest CDC guidelines
Check the CDC’s latest guidelines for recommendations on how to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Due to the new variants, the CDC is now recommending that all individuals wear face masks in public areas regardless of vaccination status.
To help prevent a COVID-19 infection, the CDC recommends:
- Getting vaccinated and boosted
- Washing your hands
- Wearing a face mask
- Avoiding unnecessary travel
The CDC also has updated guidelines for workplaces that outline prevention strategies to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, depending on your industry and physical work environment.
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Latest coronavirus news
Starting Jan. 18, every household can order up to four free at-home COVID-19 tests. But you’ll have to wait for them.Read more…
An EIDL will now cover two years of working capital expenses for businesses affected by COVID-19.Read more…
Businesses have two more months to get applications in for first- and second-round programs.Read more…
Small lenders continue to offer a lifeline to small businesses for First and Second Draw loans.Read more…
Now 90% of all small businesses in New York State can qualify for NYFLF.Read more…
All lenders are now accepting First Draw and Second Draw loans until May 31, 2021. Here are tips for how to pick a PPP lender.Read more…
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Lenders with less than $1 billion can submit applications to this COVID-19 assistance program before it fully reopens Tuesday.Read more…
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