WASHINGTON — Want a free COVID-19 rapid test from the federal government? Then hurry up and wait.
The White House announced Friday that its website for Americans to request the coveted tests will go live Jan. 19 — before acknowledging that orders will “typically” ship 7-12 days after they’ve been placed.
That lag time, followed by additional days to deliver the packages, means people requesting tests (up to four per address) will have to submit their orders before they experience symptoms. It’s also conceivable that Americans could undergo a full viral cycle in the time it takes to order and receive one test.
In addition, it is unclear if the first kits will arrive before Omicron cases begin to drop substantially