Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

What Are Monoclonal Antibodies?

Monoclonal antibodies are among the most promising treatments for mild to moderate COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Monoclonal antibodies are just like your body's antibodies but selected for their strong ability to resist the virus. They are produced like a medication and help your body fight illness. In 2020, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization to permit monoclonal antibodies as a treatment option for COVID-19.

Who is Eligible for Monoclonal Antibody Treatment?

Anyone who tested positive for COVID-19, has had symptoms for 10 days or less, and one of the following:

  • Be at least 65 years old
  • Have a BMI of more than 25 kg/m2, or if age 12-17, have BMI above the 85th percentile for their age and gender based on CDC growth charts
  • Currently Pregnant
  • Have a medical condition, including:
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Cardiovascular disease (including congenital heart disease, hypertension)
    • Diabetes
    • Down syndrome
    • Dementia
    • Liver disease
    • Chronic lung disease (ex. COPD)
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Immunosuppressive disease or immunosuppressive treatment
  • History of stroke or cerebrovascular disease
  • Current or history of substance abuse
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders or other conditions that confer medical complexity
  • Have a medical-related technological dependence (e.g., tracheostomy, gastrostomy)

Note: Monoclonal antibody treatment needs to be given within 10 days of the start of symptoms. 

 

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