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January 29, 2023
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COVID-19 Medical Treatments

COVID-19 Medical Treatments

While we currently have highly effective vaccines that protect against the virus that causes COVID-19, medical research continues to identify effective treatments. Treatments approved and authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

For those at high risk despite being vaccinated or those who are unable to be vaccinated, there is a treatment called Evusheld that helps to prevent COVID-19 infections. Evusheld is a monoclonal antibody given as an injection every 6 months. Talk to your medical provider for more details.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have an increased risk of developing severe disease from COVID-19, do not delay getting treatment. Treatment must be started within the first few days of getting COVID-19 to be most effective. Do not wait until someone is very sick because, by that point, the treatment is less effective or may not even be an option anymore.

Some of these outpatient treatments are nearly 90% effective at preventing hospitalization. To get that result, treatment must be started within 5 days even though the high-risk individual may still be feeling fairly well at that point in time

If you test positive and are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, treatments are available that can reduce your chances of being hospitalized or dying from the disease. Medications to treat COVID-19 must be prescribed by a healthcare provider and started as soon as possible after diagnosis to be effective. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) now offers free telehealth visits statewide for those at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness through Color Health. Telehealth visit hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Consultation is offered in 17 languages. You can visit OHA’s COVID-19 treatments page or call Color at 833-273-6330 for more information.

COMMON RISK FACTORS:
  • OVERWEIGHT OR OBESITY
  • PREGNANCY
  • OLDER AGE
  • DIABETES 1 OR 2. EVEN IF CONTROLLED
  • SMOKING, CURRENT OR FORMER
  • SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER
  • IMMUNOCOMPROMISE
  • CHRONIC KIDNEY, LIVER, LUNG OR HEART DISEASE
  • CANCER
  • DISABILITIES
  • MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS
  • PHYSICAL INACTIVITY
  • SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER
  • STROKE

 

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