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We’ve seen a fair number of coronavirus freebies during the pandemic, but this is the first one we’ve seen that’s specifically for COVID-19 patients.

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to be hospitalized with the novel coronavirus, 23andMe wants to give you a free genetic test kit — and you can help with COVID-19 research.

Here’s what you need to know:


If you were hospitalized with COVID-19, 23andMe wants to give you a free test.


Eligible participants will get the Ancestry+Health kit (a $199 value) for free. Why free? Because 23andMe doesn’t just tell people information about their personal ancestry and health; they do lots of research with all the genetic data they receive.

23andMe is trying to learn more about why COVID-19 symptoms are worse in some people, so that’s why they’re wanting to analyze the DNA of people who’ve been hospitalized.


You’ll have to spit and take a survey.

As part of the offer from 23andMe, participants will be asked to do the following:

  • Take a short questionnaire to make sure you qualify.
  • Create an account with 23andMe and consent to the study.
  • Complete an online survey about your experience with COVID-19.

To be part of the study, you’ll need to meet 23andMe’s criteria for participants:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a resident of the U.S.
  • Test positive for COVID-19
  • Hospitalized due to COVID-19 symptoms



No matter what, we can help you never pay full price for 23andMe.

If you don’t qualify for the study, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to pay the full $99 for the ancestry report or $199 for ancestry+health. We’re always watching for good 23andMe deals on KCL.

And while you’re at it, get a mask so you don’t end up hospitalized for COVID-19 and qualify for this offer.


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Free 23andMe DNA Kit for Coronavirus Patients