Protect Your Health
Treatments are available for COVID-19
Am I at high risk of developing severe illness?
Some people are at higher risk for more severe illness from COVID-19 [Español].This includes adults over the age of 65, people of any age with certain chronic health conditions – people who live in congregate settings, and people who have a weakened immune system. Severe illness from COVID-19 means that you may need to be hospitalized, may need intensive care, may need a ventilator to help you breathe, or that you may die as a result of the infection.
People who have weakened immune systems may benefit from preventive medications before they are exposed to COVID-19. Individuals who become sick with COVID-19, whether they are unvaccinated or fully vaccinated, may benefit from other available medications.
How do I access these treatments and what do they cost?
If you think you may be at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and you have a positive COVID-19 test, you should talk with your healthcare provider. If you are advised that treatment is needed, these medicines require a prescription. These medicines help most when they are started early – so don’t delay, and get in to see your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
If you are advised to receive a treatment for COVID-19, you can search the COVID-19 treatments locator to find the nearest treatment site, or your healthcare provider can advise you where you can fill your prescription.
These medications are often covered by insurance, including Medicare. People who are under or uninsured can call their local health department to locate a nearby Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Free Clinic for access to COVID-19 treatment.
These medications are free, but you may be responsible for a co-pay or administration fee at the location where you receive the treatment (such as an infusion or injection of monoclonal antibodies). You will not be responsible for any fees from a pharmacy if receiving tablets or capsules for the treatment of COVID-19.
If you do not have health insurance, you may be able to find a health center near you .
Outpatient and post-exposure treatments
Most people can recover from COVID-19 using at-home treatments. Those at high-risk for severe illness may benefit from medications.
Some medications can be used to help prevent someone from getting sick before they are exposed to COVID-19, and can be helpful for people with a weak immune system or who cannot receive a vaccine.
Some medications can help prevent a person from going to the hospital or becoming more seriously ill if they are already sick with COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies help a person’s body fight off COVID-19, and antiviral medications help prevent the virus from spreading through the body. These treatments are for non hospitalized people and are effective if taken as soon as possible after symptoms begin.
Summary Table of Food and Drug Administration Authorized Treatments for high-risk patients.
Treatments for hospitalized COVID-19 patients
There are also medications available to treat people who are in the hospital with severe illness from COVID-19. You can find more information about treatments for hospitalized patients on the FDA webpage [Español ].
What if I’m not at high risk for severe illness?
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you are not at high-risk for severe illness, your healthcare provider may recommend treatments to reduce your symptoms and help your body fight the virus
- Drink water to stay hydrated
- Get plenty of rest
- Take medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce fever
Benefits of vaccination compared to treatments
Vaccination remains the most important tool to control the pandemic. The vaccines are free, safe, and widely available to everyone ages 5 years and older. Vaccines offer long-term protection against COVID-19 and have been shown to be effective against variants of COVID-19, including Omicron. Learn more about the differences between the COVID-19 vaccine and available treatments.
Benefits Of COVID-19 Vaccination and Medication (PDF) (1 pp, 236KB)
Resources for more information:
Information for the general public
General Information about COVID-19 Treatments:
- Treatments Your Healthcare Provider Might Recommend if You Are Sick. [Español] (CDC)
- Monoclonal Antibodies for High-Risk COVID-19 Positive Patients [Español](HHS)
- COVID-19 Treatments and Medications [Español](CDC)
- Know Your Treatment Options [Español] (FDA)
- COVID-19 Treatments (NIH)
Information about Specific COVID-19 Treatments:
- Information about EVUSHIELD for High-Risk COVID-19 Positive Patients (PDF) (1 pp, 245KB) [Spanish] [Amharic] [Arabic] [Chinese] [Dari] [Korean] [Pashto] [Tagalog]
- Patient Lagevrio Factsheet (PDF) (1 pp, 301KB) [Spanish] [Amharic] [Arabic] [Chinese] [Dari] [Korean] [Pashto] [Tagalog]
- Patient Paxlovid Factsheet (PDF) (1 pp, 240KB) [Spanish] [Amharic] [Arabic] [Chinese] [Dari] [Korean] [Pashto] [Tagalog]
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