If your COVID-19 test result is positive, you may be able to receive a medication called a monoclonal antibody. The names of these medicines are bamlanivimab and casirivimab/imdevimab. They have been made available for emergency use during COVID-19.
These medications are used ONLY in mild or moderate cases of COVID-19, in high-risk adults and children. You cannot take these medicines if you are already in the hospital or using oxygen.
High risk means you have at least one of the following conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Immunosuppressive disease
- You take medicine that suppresses your immune system
- 65 years of age or older
- Less than 65 years with certain diseases of the heart, blood, or lung.
If you have a positive COVID-19 test and you are high risk; contact your healthcare professional as soon as possible. You must begin this therapy right away for it to be helpful.