COVID-19 Treatment Options
If you have COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms and are at higher risk of getting very sick, you can get medicines that treat COVID-19 and help keep you out of the hospital. Get tested right away if you are at higher risk and have symptoms, even if they are mild. If you test positive, ask for treatment right away. Treatment should start as soon as possible.
Who may be eligible for treatment:
People with symptoms and a positive COVID-19 test who are: age 65 and older OR any age upon advice of a provider.
Paxlovid and Molnupiravir are antiviral medicines that are taken by mouth for five days. Antiviral medications reduce the ability of the virus to multiply and spread through the patient's body. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued emergency use authorizations for these medicines to treat people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk for getting severe COVID-19. Treatment is best given as soon as possible and must begin within five days of the start of symptoms.
- Paxlovid is for people ages 12 and over who weigh at least 88 pounds.
- Molnupiravir is for adults ages 18 or over. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy and is only recommended if other treatment medications are not available.
Where to get Paxlovid and Molnupiravir:
These medicines are only available by prescription.
- Ask your provider if you are eligible for treatment. If they give you a prescription, click here, enter your address or zip code, and click on the box “Locations to fill a prescription.”
- If you don’t have a doctor or can't get an appointment, you can get testing and evaluation for treatment through either:
- A Test to Treat site – click here, enter your address or zip code, and click on the box “Locations with testing, medical visits, and medication (Test-to-Treat)”
- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Call Center/Tele-Health Service - call 1-833-540-0473 (open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.). If you don’t have health insurance, you can still access medications for COVID-19 by calling the Call Center/Tele-Health Service. The Call Center can also answer questions and help with resources.
- Bebtelovimab is a monoclonal antibody based-medicine. The FDA has issued an EUA for Bebtelovimab for use in people 12 and older who weigh at least 88 pounds. It is given as a single injection. This treatment should be given within seven days of start of symptoms, the sooner the better. It is only recommended if other treatment medications are not available.
- Remdesivir (Veklury) is an antiviral medication. It is approved by the FDA for treating adults and children over 28 days old who weigh at least 3 kg (about 7 pounds). For outpatient treatment, it is given through a vein for three days in a row. It is given within seven days of the start of symptoms, the sooner the better.
Medication to Prevent COVID-19
Evusheld is a monoclonal antibody-based medicine. It is used before a person is exposed to COVID-19 to prevent them from getting infected. It is given as two separate injections into the buttocks during a single visit. The FDA has issued an EUA for Evusheld for people who can’t get a COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons or whose immune system is not strong enough to mount a response to the vaccine. It is for people ages 12 and over who weigh at least 88 pounds.
While therapeutics are a powerful tool to combat COVID-19, they are not a substitute for vaccinations. Being fully vaccinated and boosted continues to offer the strongest layer of protection for residents, especially as the County may encounter new variants or another surge.
Visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for more information.