Your Treatment Options for COVID-19 – Don’t Delay

Most people who get COVID-19 recover well at home, especially if they are vaccinated. However, some people with certain health issues are at risk of having complications from COVID-19 and therefore benefit from treatment.

If you test positive for COVID-19 contact your medical provider as soon as you can. Your provider can help you determine if you are a candidate for treatment, and can help you decide which one is best for you.

People who get COVID-19 and have the following conditions are eligible for treatment:

  • Over 65
  • Unvaccinated for COVID-19
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy
  • HIV or other immune system conditions
  • Have a substance use disorder
  • Current or former smoker
  • Chronic lung or kidney disease

For people at risk for complications, there are several treatments available.

What types of COVID-19 treatments are available for people who are eligible?

Oral antiviral medications (Paxlovid, Molnupiravir) are available for people with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at risk of severe disease. These treatments can be used at home.

Intravenous monoclonal antibody treatment (Sotrovimab) is approved for people with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at risk of severe disease. These treatments are given as a single intravenous (IV) dose.

Why should I get treatment for COVID-19?

Research shows that treatments for COVID-19 can reduce the risk of hospitalization by up to 88%.

  • Paxlovid: 88% reduction
  • Molnupiravir: 30% reduction
  • Sotrovimab: 85% reduction

Should I take a “wait and see” approach with  my COVID-19?

Not if you are eligible for treatment. Experts recommend people who are risk of complications from COVID-19 start their treatment as soon as possible, as they are more effective the earlier you start.