It’s the hardest thing to find on store shelves. No matter where you live, home COVID-19 testing is elusive and health experts don’t expect research to get any easier anytime soon. The Biden administration is sending 500 million home tests to Americans for free, but it will take some time. Watch the story above: Our team of Hearst reporters across the country set out to research what the store shelves look like at their local retail drugstore, independent drugstore, and storefront. large area nearby. Below, Rossen Reports has found a few ways that may be helpful in finding home COVID-19 tests. Website and App Tracking These websites and apps are normally used during the holidays for hot giveaways, like Xbox and PlayStation. You can track what’s in stock online or at stores near you. Now a lot of them are adding home test kits to what you can track. Zoolert and NowInStock.net will allow you to set alerts for your email or text you when a product is in stock. You can also use an app like HotStock which will alert you as a notification right on your phone. Ask a Pharmacist or Cashier In Jackson, Mississippi, our WAPT reporter saw a sign on his local CVS saying there were no home tests available. As she was exiting she asked the cashier who said there were about 100 tests left but they are hidden behind the cash register and you have to ask. Many of our reporters have found that if you ask a pharmacist or cashier, they might be able to give you the scoop if there are more tests that weren’t stocked on the shelves, when next. shipment arrives, or put you on a call list when more are available. Post on Social Media Before you leave home, ask your neighbors where they are finding luck. Post to your Facebook wall or to a local community group. We did and got responses almost instantly. Your neighbors may be able to tell you where they found home test kits, where, for how long, and how many are still on the shelves. (The producer on our team did this, got a response within minutes, and was able to purchase a few kits immediately!) Use Instacart or other delivery apps You might think Instacart is only good for delivering races, but you are wrong! While under his own COVID-19 quarantine, Jeff had to try to get tested at home. He used his Instacart app and found a local pharmacy that had it in stock. Within 15 minutes, a delivery guy from the app was able to run around and pick up some test kits for himself and his family. (He has done this several times and has succeeded each time too!) Try the maker. Companies like iHealth Labs and On / Go sell them directly from their websites. In many cases, the website has faster shipping estimates than the same tests sold on Amazon.

It’s the hardest thing to find on store shelves. No matter where you live, home COVID-19 testing is elusive and health experts don’t expect research to get any easier anytime soon. The Biden administration is sending 500 million home tests to Americans for free, but it will take some time.

Watch the story above: Our team of Hearst reporters across the country set out to research what the store shelves look like at their local retail drugstore, independent drugstore and nearby big box store. Below, Rossen Reports has found a few ways that may be helpful in finding home COVID-19 tests.

Website and application tracking

These websites and apps are normally used during the holidays for hot giveaways, like Xboxes and Playstations. You can track what’s in stock online or at stores near you. Now a lot of them are adding home test kits to what you can track. Zoolert and NowInStock.net will allow you to set alerts for your email or text you when a product is in stock. You can also use an app like HotStock which will alert you as a notification right on your phone.

Ask a pharmacist or cashier

In Jackson, Mississippi, our WAPT reporter saw a sign on his local CVS saying there were no home tests available. As she was exiting she asked the cashier who said there were about 100 tests left but they are hidden behind the cash register and you have to ask. Many of our reporters have found that if you ask a pharmacist or cashier, they might be able to give you the scoop if there are more tests that weren’t stocked on the shelves, when next. shipment arrives, or put you on a call list when more are available.

Post on social media

Before you leave the house, ask your neighbors where they are finding the luck. Post to your Facebook wall or to a local community group. We did and got responses almost instantly. Your neighbors may be able to tell you where they found home test kits, where, for how long, and how many are still on the shelves. (The producer on our team did this, got a response within minutes, and was able to purchase a few kits immediately!)

Use Instacart or other delivery apps

You might think Instacart is only good for grocery delivery, but you’d be wrong! While under his own COVID-19 quarantine, Jeff had to try to get tested at home. He used his Instacart app and found a local pharmacy that had it in stock. Within 15 minutes, a delivery guy from the app was able to run around and pick up some test kits for himself and his family. (He has done this several times and has succeeded each time too!)

Try the manufacturer

If you’re new to large retailers, try going directly to the manufacturer’s website. Companies like iHealth Labs and On / Go sell them directly from their websites. In many cases, the website has faster shipping estimates than the same tests sold on Amazon.

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