Medications. The FDA has authorized or approved antiviral prescription medications to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in people who are more likely to get very sick. These medications can help reduce symptoms and manage your illness. Medications may be taken orally at home or provided intravenously at a healthcare facility if your condition requires admission and monitoring. Your healthcare provider can help determine which treatment, if any, is right for you.
To be effective, treatment must be started within days after you first develop symptoms.
Emergency or inpatient treatment. In some cases, COVID-19 requires emergency treatment or hospitalization. In these situations, you may receive other treatments that target the virus, boost your immune system, and address any complications you may have from COVID-19. CentraState provides the latest treatments from an interdisciplinary team skilled in caring for patients with COVID-19.
Remember that staying up to date on vaccines reduces your risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19, especially when you get the bivalent vaccine. According to CDC research published in March 2023, people who received the bivalent vaccine had 42% to 48% less risk of hospitalization than those who received two to four doses of the original vaccine. Most people hospitalized with COVID-19 at CentraState are those who have not received a bivalent vaccine.