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Did you know? The expiration date on your at-home COVID-19 tests may have been extended by the manufacturer.

To check, go to covidtests.gov. There you can find a table listing specific brand names and types (including photos), and read up on what the Food and Drug Administration is recommending.

  • If the table’s “Expiration Date” column says the shelf life is extended, you can click on the link for “updated expiration dates.” There, you’ll find a list of the original expiration dates as well as the new ones.
  • If the “Expiration Date” column doesn’t say the shelf life is extended, that means the expiration date on the box label of your test is still correct.

The FDA says it will update the table “as additional shelf-life extensions are authorized.” The site also includes information on who can use the tests “and other details that may help you decide what test is right for you.”

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