COVID-19 Treatments

If you test positive for COVID-19 and are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, there is treatment that can help lower your chances of getting very sick. HPSM members get COVID-19 treatments at no cost. Talk with your primary care provider (PCP) or visit a Test to Treat location. Don’t delay! COVID-19 treatment must be started within days of when you first have symptoms. 

Who is at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19

People who are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 include:

  • Adults 50 years or older.
  • People who are unvaccinated.
  • People with certain medical conditions, such as a weakened immune system, cancer and diabetes. 

If you are not sure if you are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, talk with your PCP. 

Types of COVID-19 treatments for those at high risk 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized two types of treatments for mild-to-moderate COVID-19: 

  • Antivirals help your body fight off COVID-19 by stopping the virus from multiplying in your body. 
  • Monoclonal antibodies help your body fight off COVID-19 by helping your immune system recognize and respond to the virus.
TypeNameAuthorized forWhen to start How it is given
AntiviralPaxlovidAdults and children 12 years and older Must begin within 5 days of when symptoms startPills to be taken at home by mouth (orally)
AntiviralMolnupiravir (Lagevrio)Adults Must begin within 5 days of when symptoms startPills to be taken at home by mouth (orally)
AntiviralRemdesivir (Veklury)Adults and children 12 years and older Must begin within 7 days of when symptoms startGiven through a vein (intravenous infusion) 3 days in a row
Monoclonal AntibodyBebtelovimabAdults and children 12 years and older Must begin within 7 days of when symptoms startGiven through a single injection

Information on COVID-19 treatments is changing quickly. Please also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more information. 

COVID-19 treatment side effects

Some treatments might have side effects or interact with other medications you are taking. Ask your primary care provider (PCP) if COVID-19 treatment is right for you.  You can also learn more at the Yale Medicine website.  

How to get COVID-19 treatment

How to get COVID-19 oral anti-viral treatment 

  • Talk with your primary care provider (PCP). If you qualify, your provider will give you a prescription for oral treatment. Find a pharmacy that can fill your prescription for oral treatment. 
  • Go to a Test to Treat location. These offer COVID-19 testing and can give you oral treatments if you qualify. Find a location.
  • If your PCP thinks you would benefit from a non-oral COVID-19 treatment, they can help refer you to a treatment location.

How to get COVID-19 treatment with monoclonal antibodies

Get no-cost rides to approved health care visits

HPSM members can use HPSM’s ride benefit to go to visits with their PCP or to pick up medicines at the pharmacy. Learn about HPSM’s ride benefit.

Authorized COVID-19 prevention treatments  

Evusheld has met the FDA’s standards for emergency use to help prevent COVID-19. You may be eligible for Evusheld if you are 12 years or older and meet one of the following criteria: 

  • Your immune system is not strong enough to give a response to the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • You cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons. 

Talk with your primary care provider (PCP) to see if this option is right for you. Your provider can also refer you to a treatment location if the treatment must be given at another health care facility.