11 Alive: FDA posts new expiration dates for some at-home COVID tests

11 Alive: FDA posts new expiration dates for some at-home COVID tests. “If you’re planning on using an at-home COVID test, one thing to always consider is the expiration dates. Experts warn that tests used after the expiration date may not provide you with accurate results. But how exactly can you find the expiration dates for FDA-approved at-home testing kits? And is the shelf life the same for different brands of tests?”

UMass Chan Medical School: New research shows value of at-home antigen tests in slowing spread of COVID-19

UMass Chan Medical School: New research shows value of at-home antigen tests in slowing spread of COVID-19. “Two recent studies supported by the National Institutes of Health Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Tech program demonstrate how widespread distribution of COVID-19 at-home antigen tests can be used as an effective public health strategy to reduce the spread of the disease.”

CNN: With fewer cases and less demand, many Covid-19 testing sites are shutting down

CNN: With fewer cases and less demand, many Covid-19 testing sites are shutting down. “As Covid-19 numbers reach pandemic lows across the United States, many Covid-19 testing sites have begun closing their doors. Some testing sites have been open for almost two years, many seeing hundreds or even thousands of people a day. Now, home tests are more readily available, and demand for testing sites is falling.”

Associated Press: Hong Kong urges testing, Shanghai struggles under lockdown

Associated Press: Hong Kong urges testing, Shanghai struggles under lockdown. “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 its worst outbreak with authorities sending mixed signals about testing and lockdowns.”

Ars Technica: Please stop putting COVID-19 test solution in your eyes and nose, FDA says

Ars Technica: Please stop putting COVID-19 test solution in your eyes and nose, FDA says. “The Food and Drug Administration is alerting Americans to the potential dangers of at-home COVID-19 tests after receiving reports of people egregiously misusing them, resulting in injuries. In a safety communication released Friday, the FDA said it had received reports of injuries after people used the kits’ liquid test solution as eye drops or stuck the solution up their noses.”

UMass Chan Medical School: At-home COVID-19 antigen tests detect omicron and delta variants similarly, study finds

UMass Chan Medical School: At-home COVID-19 antigen tests detect omicron and delta variants similarly, study finds. “At-home antigen tests performed similarly in detecting omicron and delta SARS-CoV-2 variants in comparison to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and remain valuable tools to inform people of their infection status quickly, according to a study authored by UMass Chan Medical School and associated researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative. The research appeared in medRxiv, a preprint online platform, and has not yet been peer reviewed.”

WGBH: A shot and a swab: New Hampshire to sell at-home COVID tests in liquor outlets

WGBH: A shot and a swab: New Hampshire to sell at-home COVID tests in liquor outlets. “If you live in New Hampshire and are having trouble getting an at-home rapid COVID-19 test, you might soon find them among the bottles at state-run liquor stores. The New Hampshire Executive Council approved the request to sell 1 million at-home rapid COVID tests at liquor outlets across the state, Gov. Christopher Sununu said.”

Route Fifty: Librarians Now Frontline Workers in Combating Covid-19

Route Fifty: Librarians Now Frontline Workers in Combating Covid-19. “As public libraries across the nation begin handing out Covid-19 testing kits and N95 masks, librarians have become the latest frontline workers. Melanie Huggins, president of the Public Library Association, said libraries and librarians are essential to combating the virus seeing as they are vital to their communities and have accessible hours of operation.”

USA Today: Free COVID home tests for everyone? Here’s why Medicare, veterans’ insurance are excluded

USA Today: Free COVID home tests for everyone? Here’s why Medicare, veterans’ insurance are excluded. “The Biden administration’s mandate that began Jan. 15 calls for those with private health insurance to get a monthly allotment of free tests. Yet health experts say the ambitious federal plan to quickly extend home testing will be challenging because of the nation’s fragmented health care system.”