People who have tested positive for COVID-19 can receive outpatient treatment to help reduce COVID-19 symptoms and avoid hospitalization.
If you have symptoms, contact your health care provider. If you need help finding free or low-cost medical care, call 311. You can get medical care in NYC regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
You can also talk to an NYC Health + Hospitals doctor by visiting ExpressCare and clicking on “Talk to a Doctor Now,” or by calling 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).
Treatment usually works best if you begin it soon after you start feeling symptoms. Learn when and how you should get tested for COVID-19.
For information about other treatments available only for hospitalized patients, such as remdesivir and convalescent plasma, talk to your health care provider.
Monoclonal antibody treatment is recommended for people 12 or older who have COVID-19, have felt mild to moderate symptoms for 10 days or less and are at a higher risk for severe illness. You can also be treated with monoclonal antibodies after an exposure to COVID-19.
It can be given by intravenus infusion or by an injection.
Serious side effects and allergic reactions are rare. If you experience fever, trouble breathing or other concerning symptoms, call your health care provider.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are concerned about a recent close contact with someone who tested positive, talk to your health care provider about this treatment.
Monoclonal antibody therapy is the only outpatient treatment authorized for use in the U.S., but other treatments are currently in development and may be available by the end of 2021.
The following COVID-19 symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus:
This list does not include all possible symptoms, and some people with COVID-19 do not feel any symptoms.
When You Are Sick
If you are sick, stay home as much as possible. Do not go to school or to work, even if you are an essential worker. Only leave home to get essential medical care or to get basic needs such as groceries, if you have no other way to get them.
Talk to your doctor about COVID-19 treatments that may be available for you, such as monoclonal antibodies.
To protect others in your household from getting sick:
The NYC Test and Trace Corps can help you safely separate at home, including assistance arranging food and medicine delivery, pet care and finding a health care provider.
To contact a resource navigator, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319), press 5 for help to safely separate, and then press 5 again to leave a voicemail for other resources. A resource navigator will call you back.
To check if you are managing medicines safely, contact the Poison Control Center to speak with a registered pharmacist or nurse.
When You Are Feeling Better
You can stop treatments and leave isolation when all the following are true:
If you tested positive for COVID-19 by a diagnostic test but have never had symptoms, stay home for 10 days from the date you were tested.
Most people who have COVID-19 completely recover, but some have lasting symptoms and health problems.
Post-acute COVID-19 syndrome, also called long COVID or chronic COVID, refers to a wide range of symptoms that develop during or after COVID-19 illness and continue for several weeks or months. Symptoms include fatigue, breathing problems and muscle pain.
For more information on the symptoms of long COVID and available care options in NYC, see: