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July 02, 2022
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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

Talk to your healthcare provider about which treatment might be right for you. For information about available COVID-19 treatments, visit the OHA COVID-19 Treatments.

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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