Monoclonal Antibody Treatment
Monoclonal antibody therapy for the treatment of COVID-19 is available at UP Health System. Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful viruses. This therapy is designed to help block the COVID-19 virus and prevent the virus from further infecting healthy cells. Patients receiving treatment at our hospital will be required to stay for up to 2 hours: 20-50 minutes for treatment followed by a 1-hour observation.
Who is a candidate for monoclonal antibody treatment?
Patients must meet specific clinical criteria, including:
- Lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive test
- Underlying health conditions or over the age of 65
- Stable enough to not require hospitalization
- Be within 7 days of symptom onset
- Certain patients with a specific risk profile may qualify for treatment after exposure to a COVID-19-positive patient before testing postive themselves.
A physician’s order is required. Not all patients qualify for this therapy. Please contact your primary care provider to see if this treatment is right for you.
Who is not a candidate for this treatment?
This treatment will not be considered for patients who are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, require oxygen therapy for COVID-19, and/or have a known hypersensitivity to the therapy.
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