If you have COVID-19, have symptoms, and are at higher risk of getting very sick, you can get medicines to treat COVID-19 that will help keep you out of the hospital If you are at high risk and have symptoms, even if they are mild, get tested. If you test positive, ask for treatment right away!
There are two types of medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19:
- Antiviral medication that prevent viruses from “multiplying” in your body.
- Monoclonal antibodies that bind to the virus and help your body get rid of it.
Who is eligible for treatment?
People with symptoms and a positive COVID-19 test who are high risk for severe illness:
- Age 65 and older
- Any age with the advice for treatment of a provider with conditions such as:
- Chronic kidney, liver, or lung disease
- Heart conditions, stroke/cerebrovascular disease
- Mental health conditions
- Overweight / obesity, physical inactivity
- Pregnant / recently pregnant
- Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
- Smoking; current or former
- Substance use disorders
- Weakened immune system, including HIV, organ or bone marrow transplant
Where to get treatment?
If you are eligible, treatments may help you recover from COVID-19 faster or help protect certain immunocompromised people. Treatment is free. If you are not sure if you are eligible, talk to your health care provider or visit a test to treat location near you.
Two ways to get treatment:
- Test To Treat program (hyperlink). People can be tested, and if they are positive and treatment is appropriate, they can receive a prescription from a health care provider for oral treatment AND have their prescription filled all at one location.
- People can best tested and treated by their own health care provider, and if positive and treatment is appropriate, they can receive a prescription. The prescription can be filled at a participating pharmacy.