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Yes, At-Home COVID Test Kits Expire — But You May Want to Keep Yours. What to Know

Yes, there are expiration dates for at-home COVID-19 tests, and you should check if an unopened one has been sitting on your shelf for some time. The FDA acknowledges that test kit expiration dates can get extended as manufacturers gather data to determine how long a test is actually reliable. There’s a possibility that an at-home COVID-19 test’s expiration date listed on the box is not accurate and has been extended — meaning the “expired” test could indeed still be usable. That's quite good!

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