Most people recover from COVID-19 on their own without hospitalization. Treatments for COVID-19 should be prescribed by a healthcare provider.
There are three vaccines available that are very effective at preventing severe illness with COVID-19. Each of the available vaccines is safe and much safer than getting COVID-19. Getting your COVID-19 vaccine helps limit the spread of the virus that causes it, protecting you and your community.
Treatment at Home
Treatment outside of the hospital may include taking medications, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce fever; drinking water or receiving intravenous fluids for hydration; and getting plenty of rest. It is important to follow your doctor’s guidance; taking medications not approved to treat COVID-19 is not recommended and may be dangerous.
Treatment for People Who are at Risk for Severe Illness
or Being Treated in the Hospital
FDA Approved Drugs
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one drug, Remdesivir (Veklury), to treat COVID-19. Remdesivir is an injected antiviral medication that is recommended for certain patients age 12 and older who are hospitalized with COVID-19.
FDA Authorized Drugs and Treatments
The FDA has also issued emergency use authorizations (EUA) for other treatments and products for use in people who are at greater risk of severe illness with COVID-19. These include antiviral drugs, immune modulators and renal replacement therapies. For more information, see Treatments Your Healthcare Provider May Recommend if You Are Sick or visit the FDA website to learn more about authorized and approved treatments for COVID-19.
What Are Monoclonal Antibodies?
Monoclonal antibodies are a type of laboratory-produced molecule that work as substitute antibodies that can help the immune system respond to infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. The FDA has issued emergency use authorizations (EUA) for several monoclonal antibody treatments for the treatment of COVID-19.
- CDC Treatments Your Healthcare Provider Might Recommend if You Are Sick
- FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Drugs
For more information about emergency use authorized monoclonal antibody therapeutic treatment in Washington state, please visit the DOH website.
Content adapted from materials provided by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).