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Should You Use an Expired COVID Test?
No, you should not use an expired COVID test kit.
At-home COVID tests do expire
While it’s tempting to use at-home COVID test kits that you may have had for a while, it’s not recommended by the FDA. Typically, the FDA authorizes at-home COVID tests with a shelf life of about four to six months. Using one that has expired could result in a false negative because of a breakdown in test components.
Where can I find my COVID test’s expiration date?
The expiration date for FDA-authorized COVID tests is printed on the outside of its box. The location of the expiration date may vary by brand, so look at all box panels. Also, be sure to check out the FDA’s website to see if your test’s expiration was part of the extended shelf-life update.
Want more information?
AARP has an excellent article about at-home COVID tests on its website (Rachel Nania, December 2022).
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