Treatment information

COVID-19 treatment information

There are treatments available to help reduce the severity and duration of COVID-19. These treatments are most effective when taken soon after symptoms develop. Several treatments are authorized for use in the United States.
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How to access COVID-19 treatment

The nationwide Test to Treat program provides low-cost and free access to testing and treatment. You can find participating locations close to you. When you present at a Test to Treat location with a positive COVID test (either from home, a different testing site, or administered onsite), a healthcare provider will meet with you to determine your eligibility for treatment. If you are eligible, you will receive a prescription for the recommended medication and can fill that prescription onsite.

In addition to the Test to Treat initiative, you can promptly access treatment in other ways. If you meet the criteria, you can access treatment from:
State-licensed pharmacists
Your regular healthcare provider
Telehealth providers
Walk-in medical clinics
Urgent Care Clinics
Emergency departments

COVID-19 treatment options

The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved two different drug treatments for COVID-19, an antiviral drug and two immune modulators. Veklury is an approved antiviral drug. Olumiant and Actemra are approved immune modulators.

In addition to the two approved treatments, the Food and Drug Administration has permitted other treatment options under the Emergency Use Authorization. These include monoclonal antibody treatments and two antiviral pills called Paxlovid and Lagevrio.

Click here to learn more about the treatment options and their eligibility criteria.

Hospitalization for COVID-19

In some instances, COVID-19 can cause severe illness that requires hospitalization. For example, you may need to go to the hospital if you have trouble breathing, feel confused, have low blood oxygen levels, or cannot stay awake.

You can receive immediate and specialized care at the hospital, including x-rays, IV fluids, oxygen, ventilatory support, and medication to treat various symptoms.

During your hospitalization, you will also have access to specialized healthcare providers, including Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, and other paramedical professionals that can help you continue to recover.
Last updated April 12, 2023
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