Don’t Freeze Those Home COVID Tests
So, you ordered one of those free packages of home Covid-19 self-test kits. It arrived but unfortunately stayed on your doorstop or in your mailbox overnight. That might be a problem.
According to an announcement from Montana's Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, the test kits are meant to be stored at a temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F, and the tests can be in higher or lower temperatures for a short time. (There's more information in the instructions that came with the kit.) But in the wildly fluctuating temperatures in this year's Montana winter, freezing the kit could possibly cause a malfunction.
If the tests cannot be brought in from the cold for a long time, you might want to instead consider an in-person test at a medical facility or pharmacy. At-home testing helps you avoid contact with others, but there are possibilities of a false negative result.
Sam Loveridge of the Securities and Insurance office said that for the best results from the test kits:
Loveridge also says your insurer should have information on getting Covid tests. The state Securities and Insurance office of the Montana State Auditor has more information at their site