HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M HIGH RISK, AND WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
The information on this page can help you decide if you or a loved one may qualify for monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment and, if you do qualify, how you can get mAb treatment.
People aged 12 or older may be considered at high risk for developing more serious symptoms—making them eligible for mAb treatment—depending on their health history and how long they’ve had symptoms of COVID-19.
DID YOU KNOW...?
You're eligible to be treated with monoclonal antibodies if you have mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19, you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 sometime in the last 10 days, and are:
- 65 years of age or older
- 55 years or older with:
- Heart disease
- OR high blood pressure
- OR COPD/chronic respiratory disease, including asthma.
- 12 years of age and older with:
- A weakened immune system
- OR you're taking medicine that weakens your immune system
- OR obesity (a body mass index [BMI] of 35 or higher)
- OR diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2)
- OR chronic kidney disease.
Your child is eligible to be treated with the monoclonal antibody if he or she is:
- 12 to 17 years of age and >40 kg (88 pounds) with:
- Obesity (a BMI higher than 85 percent of patients of the same age and gender)
- OR regularly uses medical technology such as a ventilator or feeding tube
- OR has a developmental condition like cerebral palsy
- OR sickle cell disease
- OR congenital or acquired heart disease
- OR asthma/chronic respiratory problems requiring daily medication
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments for emergency use: bamlanivimab, and a combination of casirivimab and imdevimab. These treatments could help your immune system respond more effectively to the virus that causes COVID-19, reducing the chances that your symptoms will get worse. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you're eligible for mAb treatment.
I’M AT HIGH RISK. HOW CAN I GET MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENT?
If you qualify for mAb treatment, there are three steps to get it:
- Test positive for COVID-19 sometime in the last 10 days.
- Get a referral for mAb treatment from your healthcare provider.
- Locate an infusion center that’s available near you.