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COVID-19 Treatments

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​When started early, prescription COVID-19 medications treat COVID-19 to prevent serious illness. If you feel sick, act fast to test for COVID-19 and seek treatment options.​​​​

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Note: There is now a cost for the medications, but they should remain free or low-cost for most patients through insurance and/or patient assistance programs. YouCanBeatIt.org is now inactive and CDPH information on COVID-19 treatments can now be found on this webpage. 


About COVID-19 Medications

COVID-19 medications can stop the virus from multiplying in your body. When started early after symptoms begin, COVID-19 medications can prevent serious illness. Early evidence suggests that they may lower the risk of developing long COVID symptoms. 

Most medications are oral pills that can be taken at home.

When? Act quickly to start COVID-19 medications while your illness is still mild. Most COVID-19 medications must be started within the first 5 days of symptoms.  

Who? The medications are recommended for people with factors that make them higher risk for serious COVID-19 illness, which includes most adults and some teens. 

Cost? There may be a cost for the medications, but they should remain free or low-cost for most patients through insurance and/or patient assistance programs.   

How? As soon as you feel sick, test for COVID-19. If you test positive, use the options below to ask for a prescription for COVID-19 medication. 

Learn more at the Frequently Asked Questions section. 


Options for getting a pres​cription include: 

Picking Up Your Prescription

Visit the Department of Health and Human Services Test to Treat Locator ​to find pharmacies, clinics, and other locations where you can pick-up your prescription. There may be a cost for the medications, but the medications should remain free or low-cost for most patients through insurance and/or patient assistance programs. Learn more about cost at the Frequently Asked Questions section.

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Find the full communications toolkit at the CDPH COVID-19 Treatments Communications Toolkit.

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For more information and help with finding COVID-19 medications, call the California Department of Public Health Call Center at 833-422-4255. 

The statewide call center is open 5 days a week, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time ​