Paxlovid is an oral antiviral medication that may be used to help prevent symptoms requiring hospitalization in patients with Covid-19.
What is Paxlovid and How Does it Work?
Paxlovid is an oral antiviral treatment authorized under the FDA’s emergency use authorization that works by stopping the viral replication process of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This treatment reduces a person’s viral load and helps prevent high-risk individuals from developing severe Covid-19 symptoms.
Paxlovid can reduce the risk of hospitalization by 89%, as demonstrated in one clinical trial. Paxlovid is effective against the Omicron variant of Covid-19 when taken within five days of the start of symptoms.
Who is Eligible to Receive Paxlovid?
You may qualify if:
- A PCR or rapid antigen test has confirmed that you have an active case of COVID-19
- You have been experiencing mild to moderate COVID symptoms for five days or less
- You are considered to be at high risk for COVID-related complications