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Check the Expiration Date on Your COVID Test!

January 16, 2024

Sick? Think you might have COVID-19?

Before using that old test kit stashed away in the back of your cabinet, check the expiration date! 📆

The FDA has extended expiration dates for some tests. You can check by finding the test’s lot number and checking it on the FDA’s website.

If the test is expired, get a new test. Otherwise, you may not get accurate results!

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Video Description and Transcript

Video Description:

The top middle has “Check the expiration date on your COVID-19 test!" in white text with a rose background. In the video: A young woman with brown shoulder length curly hair is sitting in front of the camera with shelves, books, and decorative items behind her. She is wearing a blue velvet with clear rimmed glasses.


I’m feeling sick and I think it’s Covid-19, but I tested negative. So, now I’m not sure what I’m sick with? Really, negative? Have you checked the expiration date of your test yet? I actually didn’t know that, where do I find the expiration date? You should be able to see the expiration date on the bottom right corner of the back. Wow, my box says the expiration date is June 2022! You might need to take the test again using a more recent box. Wow I did not know this at all! Did you know? (She shows a Covid-19 test) Don’t be like me and check the expiration date before you take the test! However, your expiration date may not be accurate. The FDA has extended the expiration date on some boxes. How do you know if your expiration date is accurate? Use the LOT number on the back of the box and input this number on FDA’s official website. You will find out if it is accurate or not. If your text is expired, you may need to retake your test because your results will not be accurate. [The screen fades to show a thumbnail of a faded white background of a doctor holding hands with another individual] Deaf. Healthy. DeafHealth. Learn more at] 

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