The FDA has authorized certain antiviral medications and monoclonal antibodies to treat mild to moderate covid 19 in people who are more likely to get very sick.
Most people with covid 19 have mild illness and can recover at home. You can treat symptoms with over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), to help you feel better.
Covid 19 vaccines available in the United States effectively protect people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and even dying—especially people who are boosted. As with vaccines for other diseases, you are protected best when you stay up to date. CDC recommends that everyone who is eligible stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines.
The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for tixagevimab plus cilgavimab (EVUSHELDTM), a medicine that can help protect you from getting covid 19 . EVUSHELDTM contains two different antibodies and is given as two separate consecutive intramuscular (IM) injections at a doctor’s office or healthcare facility before you are exposed or test positive for COVID-19. If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised, or severely allergic to COVID-19 vaccines, you may be eligible for EVUSHELDTM every 6 months. EVUSHELDTM may offer less protection against certain strains of the Omicron variant. It is important that even if you receive EVUSHELDTM you take multiple prevention measures. Additionally, you should undergo testing and seek medical attention if you develop symptoms of COVID-19, and start treatment for COVID-19 as appropriate. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if EVUSHELDTM is right for you.