Treatments available for people with severe or high-risk illness from COVID-19, health ministry says

The Tompkins County Health Department says there are therapeutic treatments available for people with or at risk of severe illness from COVID-19. “Those who test positive and who are elderly or at high risk of disease may be eligible for treatment options that may be prescribed by a physician,” they said in a statement Friday.

Treatments include treatment with monoclonal antibodies or antivirals. Both can be “given soon after a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 to help fight infection and shorten recovery time,” the health ministry says, and monoclonal antibody therapy can also be used.” as a preventive measure to be given to those who are not COVID-19 positive but have immune system problems or cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Therapeutic treatments for severe COVID-19 illnesses are widely available at Tompkins County pharmacies and health care providers,” they say. “Patients seeking treatment should not contact the pharmacy or location directly, but rather contact their primary care physician to receive a prescription.”

“All treatments require a prescription,” adds the Ministry of Health. “You should talk to your provider to see what works for you.” Anyone who does not currently have a primary care physician or is uninsured and is looking for a local provider can call 2-1-1 (1-877-211-8667) for assistance.

For people who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms but do not develop serious illness, the following measures can relieve symptoms and support your body’s natural defenses:

  • Take medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce fever
  • Drink water to stay hydrated
  • Get enough rest to help the body fight the virus

“TCHD continues to report a low incidence of serious illness due to COVID-19 in Tompkins County and hospitalizations remain low,” the Department of Health said.

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