COVID-19 Treatments and Therapeutics
Learn about eligibility, how to make an appointment, and other information about treatments and therapeutics.
Treatment for active COVID-19 infections
UW Medicine offers the following COVID-19 therapeutics for patients with an active COVID-19 infection who are at higher risk according to the CDC for progressing to severe illness
Remdesivir intravenous antiviral therapy
Paxlovid oral antiviral medication
Molnupiravir oral antiviral medication
Intravenous antiviral therapy is only given by appointments scheduled by the UW Medicine COVID-19 Therapeutics Team and oral antivirals are only given with a prescription from a provider. Please DO NOT go to the emergency department or pharmacy to request therapy without prior approval. However, if you have life-threatening symptoms, please seek medical care immediately.
Eligibility for active COVID-19 infection treatments
Patients must meet eligibility criteria in order to receive intravenous antivirals treatment (Remdesivir) or oral antivirals (Paxlovid or Molnupiravir). Patients must be screened by a provider to ensure they meet certain guidelines. A provider may ask you:
- When your symptoms started.
- If you have other medical conditions (for example if you have had a transplant).
- If you are pregnant.
Where to get treatment for an active COVID-19 infection
Please do not go to the emergency department or pharmacy to request intravenous antiviral or oral antivirals. Instead work with your primary care provider to request treatment or a referral for treatment. If you do not have a provider or if your provider office is closed, you may “Get in Line” to see one of our providers with a telemedicine urgent care visit.
Other treatment locations
For non-UW Medicine locations in your area, use this federal Test to Treat Locator to help find sites for testing and, if appropriate, receive oral antivirals. There is also a call center available at 1.800.232.0233 (TTY 1.888.720.7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages. The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is available to specifically help people with disabilities access services. To contact DIAL, call 1.888.677.1199 or email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.
Research treatment alternatives
Fred Hutch’s COVID-19 Clinical Research Center (CCRC) has research opportunities for household contacts of persons with COVID-19 infection and for persons with long COVID. Patients can submit their information on the website or contact the CCRC at 206.667.7100.
Vaccines for preventing infection
Vaccines are still the best way to prevent infections and severe illness from COVID-19. Visit our COVID-19 vaccine page for more information on vaccines and how you can schedule an appointment.