Treatment for COVID-19
Page last updated 03/09/2023.
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.
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.
- **UPDATED 1/26/23** The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Evusheld (tixagevimab co-packaged with cilgavimab). Based on this revision, Evusheld is not currently authorized for use in the U.S. until further notice by the Agency. For more information, see Health Advisory Update #60: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Evusheld No Longer Authorized for Use.
**UPDATED 12/21/22** Antiviral therapeutics for the treatment of COVID-19, ritonavir-boosted nirmatrelvir (Paxlovid™), remdesivir (Veklury®), and molnupiravir (Lagevrio™), retain activity
against currently circulating Omicron sublineages. These medications
can prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death and are
widely available but have been underused.
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.
- Oral antivirals, such as Paxlovid and Molnupiravir
(Lagevrio), are pills that stop the virus that causes COVID-19
from making copies of itself in your body. They should be taken no
later than 5 days after your first symptoms appear and taken at home
two (2) times a day for five (5) days.
- Available with a prescription from a healthcare provider and through the Test to Treat program. Many Community Health Centers also carry Paxlovid or Molnupiravir.
- You can read more in the Paxlovid Fact Sheet for Patients, Parents and Caregivers (Spanish), Frequently Asked Question on the EUA of Paxlovid, Molnupiravir Fact Sheet for Patients, Parents and Caregivers (Spanish) and Frequently Asked Questions on the EUA of Molnupiravir.
- IV antivirals, such as Remdesivir
(Veklury), is given intravenously (by IV or drip) and helps stop
the virus that causes COVID-19 from making copies of itself in your
body. This should be taken no later than 7 days after your first
- Requires a prescription and is given as an IV infusion once a day for three (3) days.
- You can read more in the Remdesivir Fact Sheet for Patients, Parents, and Caregivers (Spanish) and Frequently Asked Questions on the EUA of Remdesivir.
Where to Find Treatment
- The Treatment
Locator can help you find a location that offers testing and
treatment, or a pharmacy where you can fill your prescription.
- Call the Medication
Locator at (800) 232-0233.
- Call the Medication Locator at (800) 232-0233.
to Treat sites offer no cost, confidential testing and treatment.
Call (888) 634-1123 to schedule an appointment at
an OptumServe site for testing and treatment with Paxlovid, if
- 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.
- Call a Monoclonal Antibody Regional Center
at (619) 685-2500 to access Paxlovid.
- Current sites include Family Health Centers of San Diego in Hillcrest (open Tuesday - Friday).
- Appointments are required.
- Community Health Centers
County of San Diego
- If You Are Sick with COVID-19 Webpage
- Information for Healthcare Providers Webpage
- Treatment Resources Flyer
- Make a Plan this Winter Season Flyer
- Many resources are available through 2-1-1 San Diego for people who have been affected by
COVID-19, including the County Emergency Rental and Utilities
Assistance Program as well as other resources. Call 2-1-1 or visit
San Diego website for more information.
- Medi-Cal Health Plan Contact Card
State and Federal