Home COVID tests become harder to find after the holidays
WACO, Texas – We are seeing longer and longer queues at COVID testing sites and as cases continue to rise more people are trying to purchase rapid home test kits .
âYou can get them online. You can get them at the grocery store or pharmacies. You can take a COVID test whether you are vaccinated or not vaccinated, whether you are sick or not. Said Dr Jocelyn Wilson, family physician at Baylor Scott & White.
If you are one of the thousands in Texas who are trying to take a COVID test, chances are you failed when looking for a home test.
The problem is, at home, COVID test kits seem to be harder and harder to find.
Although the shelves are empty, White House officials say the administration is working to change as vaccinations also become more available.
âThere are 90,000 places people can go in this country to get vaccinated. The president talks about half a billion tests in January. said Jared Bernstein, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
It really is a matter of supply and demand, as cases of COVID increase, as does demand for home testing kits, but supply simply cannot keep up.
For those with access to home test kits, doctors urge caution with negative test results.
âIf it says you are positive you have COVID-19. A negative test doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have COVID. Maybe it’s when you took it, it was too early, or maybe it was a false negative. Dr Wilson said.
They recommend taking another home test 24-48 hours after the first one, just to be sureâ¦ if you can find one.
For now, pharmacies like Walgreens say they are working with suppliers to meet demand for rapid home test kits.