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

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    Molnupiravir oral antiviral medication

    The Washington State Department of Health has more information about COVID-19 therapeutics on their webpage here.

    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

    UW Medicine

    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

    Washington State Department of Health offers free telehealth for COVID-19 treatment. This service includes the option of free overnight delivery of oral antiviral prescriptions, if appropriate, even if you are underinsured or not insured. Language assistance is also available. Visit their website for more information. 

    For other 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. 

    Translated therapeutics information

    View Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Treatment information in multiple languages. Additional languages on the DOH Website.

    Additional languages on the DOH Website