Since March 2020, the medical world has made some pretty amazing advances in treatments for COVID-19. The right one for you will usually depend on the severity of your symptoms and how long it’s been since you tested positive. But the dynamics of the pandemic also matter — especially the emergence of new coronavirus variants.
“We are in such a better position now than we were at the beginning of the pandemic, both because we have better prevention — primarily vaccines and boosters — but also because we have better treatments,” Dr. Megan Ranney, emergency medicine physician and associate dean for strategy and innovation at the Brown School of Public Health, told TODAY.
The main options we have right now fall into two camps: antiviral medications and antibody treatments, Dr. Taison Bell, assistant professor of medicine in the divisions of infectious diseases and international health and pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Virginia, told TODAY. Antivirals help keep the virus from replicating inside your body while antibody therapies supplement your immune system’s natural defenses against the virus.
For many people, especially those who are fully vaccinated, a bout of COVID-19 does not require extensive treatment or a trip to the hospital. But if you have risk factors for severe symptoms, you’re likely eligible to receive some of these treatments that can help prevent you from needing to be hospitalized — including some options you can take at home.