Treatment for COVID-19

Page last updated 9/18/2023.

If you test positive and are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, treatments are available that can reduce your chances of being hospitalized or dying from the disease.

Don’t delay! Treatment must be started within days after you first develop symptoms to be effective. Contact a healthcare provider right away to determine if you are eligible for treatment, even if your symptoms are mild. Other medications can help reduce symptoms and help you manage your illness. 

See below, or click the following links, for more information:

Treatment Options


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized treatments that have already been taken by millions of people. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms (i.e., non-hospitalized, not requiring oxygen or an increase in home oxygen), you may be eligible for antiviral treatments.

Where to Find Treatment

If you have COVID-19, ask your doctor about getting treatment. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 2-1-1.
  • The Treatment Locator can help you find a location that offers testing and treatment, or a pharmacy where you can fill your prescription. 
  • Call SesameCare at (888) 897-1244 to schedule a no-cost telehealth visit, which includes a prescription for treatment with Paxlovid for those who are eligible.
  • Community Health Centers


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