Why COVID Tests Can Be So Expensive - And When That Could Change : Consider This from NPR Many public spaces across the country now require negative COVID-19 tests for entry. But the cost of testing can vary widely, and some say they have had to spend hundreds of dollars to purchase tests.

Adam Tanner explains some of the reasons for the drastic difference in at-home test prices. Read his piece 'How Much Should It Cost to Get Tested for COVID-19' on Consumer Reports.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

Why COVID Tests Are Still So Scarce And Expensive — And When That Could Change

Why COVID Tests Are Still So Scarce And Expensive — And When That Could Change

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Employees of the Miami-Dade Public Library System distribute Covid-19 home rapid test kits in Miami, Florida, on January 8, 2022. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Employees of the Miami-Dade Public Library System distribute Covid-19 home rapid test kits in Miami, Florida, on January 8, 2022.

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Many public spaces across the country now require negative COVID-19 tests for entry. The cost of testing can vary widely, and some say they have had to spend hundreds of dollars to purchase tests.

Adam Tanner explains some of the reasons for the drastic difference in at-home test prices. Read his piece 'How Much Should It Cost to Get Tested for COVID-19' on Consumer Reports.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Mallory Yu, Jonakhi Mehta and Megan Lim. It was edited by Ashley Brown, Brent Baughman, Christopher Intagliata, Amy Isackson and Patrick Jarenwattananon. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.