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I HAVE A LOVED ONE WHO HAS COVID-19

Contact the Combat COVID Monoclonal Antibodies Call Center:

1-877-332-6585

If your loved one has tested positive for COVID-19, it can be an anxious and uncertain time for them and for you. You will probably have many questions, such as: Are there any options to treat the disease?

The answer is yes. Your loved one may be eligible for a variety of treatment options, depending on their health history, how long they have had symptoms of COVID-19, and whether or not they are in the hospital.

If your loved one is having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call your healthcare professional or 911.


MY LOVED ONE HAS MILD OR MODERATE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 AND IS NOT IN THE HOSPITAL. WHAT ARE THEIR TREATMENT OPTIONS?

Your loved one may qualify for a promising treatment called monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use if they: have mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 for less than 10 days, are not in the hospital, and may be at high risk for having more serious infection.

What Are Monoclonal Antibodies (mAbs)?

The mAbs are made in a laboratory to fight a particular infection—in this case, the virus that causes COVID-19. Patients get these mAb treatments by an intravenous (IV) infusion or a series of shots.

 

To learn more about mAbs and how they work, visit our page What are Monoclonal Antibodies?

To learn who may qualify to receive mAb treatment, visit our page Who is at High Risk for Serious COVID-19?


If you think your loved one may qualify for mAb treatment, contact your healthcare professional. You can discuss the mAb treatment with them and ask if your loved one may qualify for the treatment.

To be effective, mAbs must be given within 10 days of the first symptoms of COVID-19, so it is important to act quickly.

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MY LOVED ONE IS IN THE HOSPITAL WITH COVID-19. WHAT ARE THEIR TREATMENT OPTIONS?

If your loved one has been in the hospital with more serious symptoms of COVID-19, they are not eligible for mAb treatment offered outside of the hospital. However, they may qualify for other promising treatments.

How Does Treatment Work?

When a person has a COVID-19 infection, their immune system works to decrease how much virus is in their body. In some cases, a person’s immune system may react too strongly and it may continue to overreact after the virus has been defeated by the body. This extreme reaction may cause more serious symptoms, such as problems with breathing that could require a stay in the hospital.

Researchers are testing treatments that could “calm the storm” of an immune system overreaction and help the person continue to heal.

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WHAT IF MY LOVED ONE DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENT?

Your healthcare professional may decide that your loved one does not qualify for mAb treatment. There could be several reasons for this. Your loved one may not meet the eligibility criteria or they may have an underlying health condition that makes mAb treatment not appropriate for them.

Whatever the reason is, do not give up. There may be other treatment options or your loved one may be able to join a clinical trial for COVID-19.

Participants in clinical trials may receive new medicines or other treatments, which helps researchers find out how well the treatments work. Thousands of participants in clinical trials have helped with the discovery of new treatments and vaccines for many health conditions, including COVID-19. But many more participants are needed to make sure treatments work well for people of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities.

Ask your healthcare professional if you or your loved one may be eligible for a clinical trial for COVID-19 treatments. To learn more about clinical trials:

Call 877-414-8106 Visit COVID-19 clinical trials


HOW DO I GET TREATMENT FOR MY LOVED ONE?

If your loved one is being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital, they will receive the treatments for COVID-19 that have already helped others get better. They may receive remdesivir or other options authorized for emergency use for patients in the hospital.

Your loved one may also be eligible for a research study, also called a clinical trial. Clinical trials across the country are testing drugs that could treat problems caused by COVID-19. Clinical trials are more than just studies; they are helping many patients in the hospital recover from COVID-19 and return home sooner.


What Can I Do Right Now?

Learn about Therapeutic Treatments for People in the Hospital and clinical trials.

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