Treatments for COVID-19
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test and you are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, seek treatment right away, even if your symptoms are mild. Treatment must be started within the first few days to be effective.
Older adults (ages 50 years or more, with risk increasing with age) and people with certain medical conditions, such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, or a weakened immune system, are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
Maryland pharmacies and health partners are participating in the federal Test to Treat (T2T) initiative to expand access to COVID-19 treatments. T2T allows Marylanders to get a rapid COVID-19 test and – if they test positive, receive appropriate treatment options and prescribed medications at one location. NOTE: There may be a charge associated with T2T services.
Use the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services locator to find T2T sites.
Learn more about COVID-19 Treatments and Medications
Treatments used for COVID-19 should be prescribed by a healthcare provider. People have been seriously harmed and even died after taking products not approved for use to treat or prevent COVID-19, even products approved or prescribed for other uses. Talk to a healthcare provider about what option may be best for you.
Home treatment for COVID-19 Symptoms
Your healthcare provider might recommend the following to relieve symptoms and support your body’s natural defenses:
- Taking medications, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce fever
- Drinking water or receiving intravenous fluids to stay hydrated
- Getting plenty of rest to help the body fight the virus