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COVID-19 Treatment

The coronavirus spreads by invading cells, making copies of itself, and moving on to attack other cells throughout the body, often causing permanent damage. Stopping this process within its first few days is critical for decreasing symptom severity, and helping to keep patients from being hospitalized and dying from COVID. This makes early diagnosis and treatment extremely important

Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston offers two options for treating the virus - antibody infusions and antiviral oral medications. Both treatments are effective at alleviating symptoms and stopping further damage from being caused by the virus. Supplies are limited. Talk to your provider about whether or not you qualify for treatment.

Treatment options

Antibody Infusions

Antibody infusions must be given within 10 days of diagnosis (or symptom onset), and are a one-time infusion given by a medical professional in a healthcare setting.

Antiviral oral medications

Antiviral oral medications must be started within five days of diagnosis (or onset of symptoms), and are a five-day regimen of pills taken while quarantined at home.

Additional Information

While treatments are welcome advancements in the fight against COVID-19, they cannot prevent illness, and are therefore not substitutes for vaccination. The CDC continues to recommend that everyone age five and older get a COVID-19 vaccine, as those who are unvaccinated are 25 times more likely to be hospitalized and die from COVID. Vaccination has proven to be the best way to be protected from becoming infected with the virus, getting severely ill, or dying from COVID-19.

As always, you are encouraged to take precautions – wash your hands regularly, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and get the vaccine and boosters as you (and your children) are eligible. And if you do suspect that you have COVID-19, make an appointment to be tested as soon as possible. Treatments must begin within five or 10 days of symptom onset or a positive test result (whichever comes first); so your quick action may be the deciding factor for whether or not you qualify for one of these life-saving treatments.