Treatments for COVID-19

Positive for COVID-19? Get treatment, right away.

Free treatments for COVID-19 can help prevent hospitalization and reduce your chance for severe disease.

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How to access therapeutic treatments

Call your doctor right away to learn about your treatment options if you are positive for COVID-19, OR 

  • Telehealth is available for individuals 18 or older living in Massachusetts. Learn more at mass.gov/CovidTelehealth. This is a quick and easy way to see if Paxlovid is right for you. If it is, we’ll arrange for you to pick it up at your local pharmacy or ship it with free overnight delivery. 
  • Anti-SARS-CoV2 monoclonal antibodies and oral antivirals are available through state-funded sites across the Commonwealth. Click here to find a location near you. You can also access a state-funded treatment site by calling 508-213-1380. The call line hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 8am to 6pm.
  • You may qualify for our in-home treatment program. Visit mass.gov/InHomeCovidTreatments to learn more about eligibility. 

View a map of locations offering antiviral pills and monoclonal antibody treatment: MA COVID-19 Therapeutic Locator

Eligibility

Treatment is available for people who are at increased risk of severe disease* and have developed COVID-19 symptoms in the last 5 days, even mild ones (such as runny nose or cough). The sooner you start treatment, the better.

Available therapeutic treatments

COVID-19 therapeutic treatments, including monoclonal antibodies and antivirals, can help lower the amount of virus in your body, protecting you from severe symptoms.

Treatment pills

  • Paxlovid (must be taken within 5 days of your first COVID-19 symptom) is an antiviral treatment pill for individuals age 12 and older. A free telehealth service is available to help you find out if it is right for you.
  • Molnupiravir (must be taken within 5 days of your first COVID-19 symptom) is an antiviral treatment pill that reduces the COVID-19 virus’ ability to multiply in the body. 

Injections/Infusions

  • Remdesivir (must be given within 7 days of your first COVID-19 symptom) is an antiviral infusion medication administered over the course of 3 days for individuals who have mild-to-moderate COVID-19 and are at high risk for severe COVID-19.

Available preventative treatment

A preventive medication called Evusheld is used before someone at higher risk gets COVID-19. Evusheld is not for the treatment of COVID-19 symptoms. It is given to someone before they have been exposed.

Treatment is not a substitute for vaccination

It is important to get vaccinated and get your booster when eligible.

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* People who are at risk for severe disease include those who are older than 65 or have an underlying condition such as heart, lung, liver, kidney disease, diabetes or whose immune system is suppressed by illness or medication. For a complete list of conditions that may put you at higher risk see: People with Certain Medical Conditions | CDC

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