Therapies for Treating COVID-19

Therapies for Treating COVID-19 | Munson HealthcareMunson Healthcare currently offers therapies for patients with mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms that may help patients recover quicker and avoid hospitalization. With our region’s steady COVID-19 positivity rate, these programs are continuously receiving a significant number of patient and provider referrals.

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Paxlovid Therapy for Treating COVID-19

What is Paxlovid Therapy?

Paxlovid is a first line therapy medicine used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19. Paxlovid can be used in adults and children who meet the following criteria:

  • Are 12 years of age and older
  • Weigh at least 88 pounds
  • Have a positive test for the COVID-19 virus
  • And, are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19

When started within 5 days of symptom onset, Paxlovid keeps the virus that causes COVID-19 from reproducing, preventing symptoms from progressing. It reduces the risk of hospitalization and death for patients at high risk of disease progression.

To learn more about Paxlovid, visit the MDHHS Paxlovid Information for the Public webpage.

How to Qualify for Paxlovid Therapy

The FDA has authorized the emergency use of Paxlovid for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and children who meet the above criteria.

A healthcare provider will determine if you are a candidate for Paxlovid, which requires a prescription. To further discuss treatment for COVID-19, connect with your primary care provider, or consider Munson Healthcare’s Virtual Urgent Care service.

To determine if Paxlovid is right for you, discuss with your medical provider:

  • Any known allergies
  • Diagnosis of liver or kidney disease
  • If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding a child
  • Have any serious illnesses
  • Any/all current medications and supplements you take
Will Insurance Cover Paxlovid Therapy?

Currently, Paxlovid is provided by the federal government at no charge. Some dispensing pharmacies may bill insurance providers for the cost of dispensing the medication. Patients should not experience out-of-pocket costs.

Contact your primary care provider, or consider the Munson Healthcare Virtual Urgent Care to discuss treatment for COVID-19 with a healthcare provider.