Protect Your Health
Most people with mild or moderate COVID-19 can recover using at-home over-the-counter treatments like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin). However, some people with COVID-19 may benefit from treatments prescribed by a healthcare provider. Currently available treatments are Paxlovid, Veklury, and Lagevrio.
Who is eligible for COVID-19 treatment?
People who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 [Español] can receive treatment for COVID-19. This includes :
- Adults aged 50 and older
- People who are unvaccinated or are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines
- People with certain health conditions (lung disease, heart disease, asthma, current and former smokers)
- People who live in congregate settings (nursing homes, long term care settings)
- People with a weakened immune system
Summary Table of COVID-19 Treatments
Treatments for hospitalized COVID-19 patients
Getting COVID-19 Treatment
If you have COVID-19 or symptoms and are at increased risk of severe illness, you should contact your health care provider right away regardless of how mild your symptoms are.
Treatments are only available by prescription and work best when you start them within 5 days after symptoms start so don’t delay.
If you don’t have a health care provider, the resources below are available to help you access COVID-19 medical care and treatment:
- COVID-19 Treatment Locator – Treatments available at most pharmacies
- Home Test to Treat Program – Free at-home rapid tests, telehealth sessions with a healthcare provider, and at-home treatments for both COVID-19 and flu for adults who are eligible.
- Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics – Free clinics in Virginia
- Virginia Community Healthcare Association – Clinic finder – Federally qualified health centers in Virginia
- VDH Health Department Locator Tool
Cost of Treatment
Patients may not have to pay for the medication itself, but there may be other fees associated with getting the treatment. Call ahead to your healthcare provider and insurance company to find out how much you may have to pay.
Patient assistance programs are available to help lower out-of-pocket costs:
- Paxlovid PAXCESS Patient Support Program
- Lagevrio Patient Assistance Program
- Veklury Patient Access Programs
What if I’m not eligible for COVID-19 treatment?
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you are not at increased-risk for severe illness, your healthcare provider may recommend other treatments to help you feel better and help your body fight the virus. Some examples of things to consider include:
- Drink plenty of liquids with no caffeine to stay hydrated
- Get plenty of rest
- Take medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) may help to reduce fever
Benefits of vaccination compared to treatments
Vaccination remains the most important tool to control the spread of and prevent COVID-19. Vaccines are free, safe, and widely available to everyone aged 6 months and older. Vaccines have been shown to be effective against newer variants of COVID-19, including Omicron. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccination, visit the VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Website.
Resources for more information
General Information about COVID-19 Treatments:
VDH COVID-19 Rebound
Resources about specific COVID-19 therapeutics currently authorized or approved by the FDA
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Date last Reviewed February 20, 2024