By SDCN Editor
San Diego, CA–San Diego County residents who test positive for COVID-19 can receive treatment to prevent severe infection, public health officials said.
Treatment is available to individuals who meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines for the medications, including those who are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19.
“If you’re already vaccinated then treatment gives you extra protection, and it can reduce your risk of hospitalization or worse even if you’re not,” said Cameron Kaiser, M.D., County deputy public health officer. “Treatment works best if it’s started as soon as possible after infection, so get tested as soon as symptoms develop.”
The treatment centers and medical offices in the region may offer oral antiviral pills, such as Paxlovid and/or monoclonal antibodies delivered as an intravenous infusion. A provider will determine what treatment option is best for each individual patient based on their symptoms, age, and potential underlying conditions.
Individuals who meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines for the medications, including those who are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19 can receive treatment.
Public health officials advise individuals to talk to their doctor or health care provider or call 2-1-1 to find a provider.