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There are medications that can be given to people at high risk of severe illness, to help prevent hospitalization or even death. Treatment works best when given early.

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19 and are an older adult (ages 50 years or more, with risk increasing with older age) or someone who is at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, treatments are available that can reduce your chances of serious illness. Contact a health professional right away after a positive test to determine if you may be eligible, even if your symptoms are mild right now. Don’t delay. Treatment must be started within the first few days to be effective.
 
A physician or other provider is needed to write a prescription for pills or give an injection or IV infusion. People at risk of severe disease who test positive for COVID should talk to their primary care physician (PCP) for treatment. For people who do not have a PCP, their health insurance can connect them to one near them. For those who don’t have health insurance, there are federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and free clinics. More resources for COVID-19 services for people without health insurance can be found at the following links:

A new nationwide Test-to-Treat program will soon give individuals a way to rapidly access free testing and treatment at hundreds of locations nationwide, including Cook County Health. For details, visit: aspr.hhs.gov/TestToTreat.

COVID-19 treatment options

Several treatment options are available for COVID-19:

  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis is available for patients that are not currently infected, but are at-risk for severe infection.
  • Monoclonal antibodies are now used to prevent severe illness and hospitalization. They can be given as an injection or infusion in the outpatient setting.
  • Oral antivirals are used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 infection.

Monoclonal Antibodies Therapies

For treating COVID-19 to prevent hospitalization, reducing viral loads, and lessening symptom severity. These are antibodies similar to the ones your body would naturally make in response to infection.

  • Bebtelovimab
  • Remdesivir

Oral Antivirals

For the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19.

  • Molnupiravir
  • Paxlovid

Pre-Exposure Treatments

For those not infected with COVID-19, with moderate to severe immune compromise or for whom vaccination is not available due to a history of severe adverse reactions to vaccine components.

  • Evusheld

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Updated June 15, 2022, 3:53 PM

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