Health & Safety
Free accessible COVID-19 tests now available for visually impaired people
People who are blind or have low vision are eligible for free COVID-19 rapid tests specially designed to be accessible to visually impaired people.
Those needing the tests can sign up and order them through the United States Postal Service or order over the phone at 800-232-0233. Each order is for one package of two accessible tests, and there’s a limit of one order per address. The free tests were announced last week by the Administration for Community Living, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The tests do require a smartphone to take and receive results. According to GBH News, the test needs to be conducted through a free app from the test’s manufacturer, Ellume. The tests connect to the app through Bluetooth, so a Bluetooth-enabled phone is required to use the test.
Ellume provided a list of Bluetooth-enabled smartphones compatible with the tests. The test is compatible with iPhones and Android smartphones, but not Android tablets. An iPhone needs iOS 12 or later, and an Android phone needs Android 6.0 or later and Bluetooth 4.0 or later to run the tests.
According to a statement from [...]