COVID-19 Treatments and Therapeutics

Blue information icon  COVID-19 services are available to individuals regardless of insurance or immigration status.

Treatments for COVID-19 are now widely available. If you test positive and are an older adult or someone who is at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, treatment may be available. Contact a healthcare provider right away after a positive test to determine if you are eligible, even if your symptoms are mild right now.

Talk to a healthcare professional about treatment options before taking medicine. People have been seriously harmed and even died after taking products not approved for COVID-19, even products approved or prescribed for other uses.


There are now locations where you can get tested and, if you test positive for COVID-19, you may also be eligible to receive treatment. If you test positive at a different location or with an at-home test, you can also go to these Test-to-Treat locations to receive a prescription from a qualified health care provider and treatment on the spot if eligible. Some Test-to-Treat sites also have telehealth options available.

Find a test-to-treat location

Manage your COVID-19 Symptoms at Home

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow these steps to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials help researchers find better vaccines and medicines for COVID-19. Choosing to join a clinical trial is a personal decision. Talk with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial.

Out-of-Hospital Treatment Options for COVID-19

Antiviral Treatments

The FDA authorized two antivirals, Pfizer's Paxlovid and Merck's molnupiravir, for the treatment of COVID-19 in certain patients.

Hospital Treatments for COVID-19

There are treatments for hospitalized patients with severe cases of COVID-19 that have been approved or authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • Remdesivir is an antiviral drug approved by the FDA for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized adults and hospitalized pediatric patients at least 12 years of age. It works by stopping SARS-CoV-2 from spreading in the body.
  • The FDA has authorized additional treatments for emergency use.
  • Healthcare providers and scientists are investigating other drugs and treatments that may slow or reduce the virus’ growth and spread in the body, as well as to enhance breathing, provide disease-fighting antibodies, and help with other symptoms.

COVID-19 Treatment Resources for Healthcare Providers

Ensuring the Safety and Effectiveness of Treatments

After a public health emergency was declared for the COVID-19 pandemic, it was determined that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could authorize the emergency use of tests, treatments, and vaccines to reduce suffering, loss of life and restore the health and security of our country.

Do you know the difference between FDA approval and authorization?

An approval of a new drug requires substantial scientific evidence of the effectiveness of the product and a demonstration of safety for the drug’s intended use(s). To determine an emergency use authorization (EUA), the FDA evaluates the totality of available scientific evidence and carefully balances any known or potential risks with any known or potential benefits of the product for use during an emergency.


>> Watch What is an EUA? video

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