COVID-19 Treatments

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Getting a COVID-19 vaccine and practicing layered prevention (such as wearing a mask in public indoor settings, social distancing, staying home when sick, avoiding indoor crowds and frequently washing your hands) is the best way to avoid becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.

Many people who do become ill with COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms and can recover at home by following symptomatic treatment like getting plenty of rest and fluids and using Tylenol, Ibuprofen, decongestants, and other over-the-counter cold and flu medications to alleviate fever and symptoms. Since COVID-19 can become serious it is important to monitor symptoms carefully. Signs that you may need help from a medical professional include panting or difficulty breathing, difficulty keeping fluids down, high fever, rapid pulse, a pulse ox below 90, and/or elevated blood pressure. In a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.  

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

Monoclonal antibody treatment gives you extra antibodies to help fight COVID-19. Your body naturally makes antibodies to fight infection. However, it takes time for your body to make enough antibodies to fight a new virus like COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies, or mAbs, are made in a laboratory to fight a particular infection—in this case, COVID-19. They are given to patients directly with an infusion to help fight the infection faster than your body could do on its own. 

Evidence shows that monoclonal antibody treatment can greatly decrease your risk of severe illness and hospitalization for COVID-19.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you may be able to get monoclonal antibody therapy to help you recover. This treatment can help keep you from getting seriously sick and keep you out of the hospital. Monoclonal antibody treatment is available across Colorado. 

Who's Eligible for Treatment

You might be eligible for treatment if you have tested positive for COVID-19, your symptoms started within the last 10 days, you aren’t hospitalized or on oxygen due to COVID-19, and you are at risk of getting very sick without treatment. People as young as 12 years old can get monoclonal antibody treatment. Visit CDPHE Monoclonal Antibodies Treatment to learn more or find an appointment. 

People at risk of getting very sick include:

  • People who are 65 years old or older.
  • People who are obese or overweight. This includes adults with a BMI of 25 or more. It also includes children age 12 to 17 who have a BMI in the 85th percentile or higher for their age and gender.
  • Pregnant people.
  • People with certain underlying medical conditions.

Your doctor or health care provider can help you find out if monoclonal antibody treatment is right for you. If you are at high risk and have tested positive, you should seek treatment even if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Monoclonal antibody therapy is not a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep from getting sick with COVID-19. Visit CDPHE Monoclonal Antibodies Treatment to learn more or find an appointment.