If you’re one of many who ordered at-home COVID-19 tests from the government, be sure not to leave them in the mailbox too long once they arrive.
Experts are warning people in cold weather states, like those of us in Michigan, that low temperatures could affect the accuracy of the at-home rapid tests.
According to officials, at-home COVID-19 tests should be stored between 36 degrees and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Temps in Michigan have been stuck below zero for some time now, and wind chills have kept things even colder in the single digits -- which is certainly below the 36-degree threshold.
Officials say that the COVID tests should still be OK to use if they’ve been left out in the cold, so long as the liquids in the test kit don’t freeze. But users are urged not to store the tests at temperatures below or above the recommended 36-86 degrees for any period of time.
If your at-home test has been in the cold, officials say to let the test warm up to room temperature naturally before actually using it.
It’s also a good idea to avoid storing your at-home tests in an area that is not temperature controlled, like an unheated garage or basement.