Prevention is still the best way to combat COVID-19, but ProMedica offers treatments for patients at home and in the hospital.
Prevention (Injection and Infusion)
Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine with a booster remains the best tool for minimizing the negative impact of COVID-19. While the vaccine does not guarantee that you won’t get COVID-19, it is highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from the disease.
Availability:Vaccines from Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer are widely available.
Additionally, there are emerging treatments that can help prevent COVID-19 in severely immune-compromised individuals. Evusheld is a long-acting monoclonal antibody that helps to protect hig h-risk patients from developing severe disease before contracting COVID-19.
Availability:Severely immune-compromised individuals should contact their oncologist or immunologist to determine if this treatment is appropriate and available.
Post-Infection Treatments (Pill and Infusion)
If you test positive for COVID-19, most patients can safely recover at home with over-the-counter medications, rest and hydration. If your symptoms get worse or if you are at high risk of severe complications, your doctor may refer you for one of several treatments available, including oral antivirals such as molnupiravir by Merck and Paxlovid by Pfizer, which must be given within 5 days of symptom onset.
Another outpatient treatment is Monoclonal Antibodies, used for patients who test positive for COVID-19 and are at high risk of severe symptoms or hospitalization. This IV treatment helps your body kickstart its natural immune response. Currently, GSK’s sotrovimab is shown to work against the Omicron variant and must be given within 10 days of symptom onset.
Availability:Both the oral antivirals and monoclonal antibodies are extremely limited in availability and have strict prescribing guidelines. Therefore, not everyone who has COVID-19 is eligible to receive them. Even qualifying patients may find they are unable to fill the prescriptions or sign up for the infusions due to the drug shortage.
If hospitalized, your treatment may include antiviral medications such as remdesivir, anti-inflammatory medications such as dexamethasone, and baricitinib, which helps prevent overstimulation of the immune system to treat severe illness.
Availability:The antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive medications used to treat patients hospitalized for COVID-19 are generally available.