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What treatments are available for COVID-19?

There are treatment options for people who are at high-risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Learn more about the treatment options on the State of Michigan's COVID-19 Therapeutics page. COVID-19 treatment options are available for high-risk adults and children, including newborns, to reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill.

Monoclonal antibodies
Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-produced molecules engineered to serve as substitute antibodies that can restore, enhance or mimic the immune system's attack on cells. Monoclonal antibodies are designed to block viral attachment and entry into human cells, thus neutralizing the virus. It is important to talk to your doctor about therapeutics as soon as you get sick, as there is a small window in which they must be administered to be effective.

  • COVID-19 Treatment
    Monoclonal antibody treatment is for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms. When administered to non-hospitalized patients as soon as possible after testing positive for COVID-19 and within 10 days of symptom onset, monoclonal antibody therapy may reduce symptoms and risk of hospitalizations and emergency room visits associated with COVID-19. 
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis
    Some monoclonal antibody therapies can be used to help prevent illness after being exposed to COVID-19 for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

Talk to your doctor about whether you should get antibody treatment and where to get it. Providers or patients needing assistance locating an infusion site or connecting with a clinical trial, call the Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Call Center: English: 877-332-6585 | Spanish: 877-366-0310

Antiviral medications
Antiviral medications may help you recover from COVID-19 faster, or prevent you from becoming seriously ill. The medication can boost the immune system, helping it fight off COVID-19 infection. Vaccinations remain the best way to protect a person from COVID, and are a preventative measure to reduce severity of illness and risk of hospitalization or, even, death. Antivirals are prescribed after a person has tested positive for COVID-19 and within 5 days of symptom onset.