Free telehealth service increases access to COVID-19 treatments

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have difficulty getting a prescription for the antivirals Paxlovid or Lagevrio (molnupiravir), a new free telehealth (remote) service may help. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has partnered with Color Health, Inc. to offer online or telephone support to get COVID-19 antivirals to eligible people within 24-48 hours, regardless of […]

Make a plan: how to prepare in the event you test positive for COVID-19

Available in Spanish Between widely available vaccines and boosters, effective antiviral treatments and ongoing research, we are better equipped than ever to prevent severe cases of COVID-19. Even with this progress, transmission of the virus remains high. “I don’t think it’s realistic to tell people that they will, with certainty, be able to avoid exposure […]

What kind of treatments exist for COVID-19?

1/25/2022: This blog has been updated to reflect new approval and authorization from the FDA for the antiviral drug remdesivir. The best way to fight COVID-19 is to avoid getting it in the first place. That means wearing a well-fitting mask, keeping gatherings small and outdoors if possible and getting vaccinated (including a booster dose if eligible.)  But the […]

FDA panel endorses first antiviral treatment for COVID-19

Today, an expert panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) endorsed the use of the Merck antiviral drug molnupiravir for treatment of symptomatic COVID-19 in test-confirmed patients with high risk conditions. The FDA has not yet authorized the treatment.