After you’re diagnosed with COVID-19, monoclonal treatment can reduce the severity of your illness and keep you out of the hospital. At Desoto Family Care Clinic, Diosan Powell, FNP, Cynthia Burchfield, FNP, and Danielle Bradley, FNP, offer COVID-19 testing and monoclonal treatment through an intravenous (IV) infusion. Don’t wait to seek help. You can only get this life-saving treatment within the first seven days after your symptoms appear. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Southaven, Mississippi, or book an appointment online today.
Monoclonal treatment, also called monoclonal antibody therapy, is a treatment for people exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. The treatment lowers the viral load in your body, which reduces the severity of your symptoms and helps prevent hospitalization.
Your immune system fights harmful invaders like viruses by producing antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that identify a specific invader.
When antibodies encounter the invader in your body, they immediately bind to the virus. This triggers your immune system to send out cells that neutralize or destroy the targeted virus.
Monoclonal antibodies are similar to your natural antibodies but they’re made in the lab. They’re specially designed to recognize the spikes that stick up from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
When monoclonal antibodies bind to the spikes, the virus can’t get into the cells inside your body. If the virus can’t get into cells, it doesn’t make you sick.
Monoclonal treatment is approved for people who have mild to moderate COVID-19, aren’t in the hospital, and have a high risk of developing severe disease. You must also be at least 12 years old and weigh at least 88 pounds.
You have a high risk of progressing to severe COVID-19 if you’re 65 years of age or older or you have a medical condition such as:
People who are pregnant or take immunosuppressive medications are also considered to have a high risk for severe illness.
Your provider at Desoto Family Care Clinic can determine you have a high risk for severe disease even if you have a condition that isn’t on this list.
Monoclonal treatment must be given within the first seven days of your symptoms, so don’t wait to schedule an appointment.
Your provider administers monoclonal treatment through a one-time intravenous (IV) infusion. They place a needle in a vein and gradually send the medicine through the IV tube and into your bloodstream.
The infusion takes about an hour, then you stay in the office for another hour to allow your provider to monitor your health and watch for possible side effects.
To learn if you qualify for monoclonal treatment, call Desoto Family Care Clinic or book an appointment online.