It’s official, free at-home COVID-19 tests are now available, courtesy of the federal government. Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four rapid antigen COVID-19 tests by going to COVIDtests.gov.
There's a button to click on that leads to a Postal Service page where folks can enter their information and order their tests. There's a limit of one order per address – and that appears to be causing some issues – as the system won’t allow multiple households in apartment buildings to order tests.
According to the White House, the tests will typically ship 'within seven to 12 days of ordering,’ which means they should start shipping out in late January. The CDC recommends testing five days after exposure to COVID-19 or as soon as symptoms occur.
Source: White House