Monoclonal Antibody Treatment
Baptist was the first health care system in our region to offer monoclonal antibody therapy, a life-saving treatment for individuals who have tested positive within the last 10 days and are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.
Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful antigens such as viruses. The monoclonal antibody delivered through infusion therapy is specifically directed against the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, blocking the virus’ attachment and entry into human cells.
Patients eligible for this treatment:
- 65 years of age or older
- 55 years or older with pre-existing conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic respiratory disease, etc.
- • 12 years of age of older with pre-existing conditions such as obesity (BMI >35), Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, a weakened immune system, or is currently receiving immunosuppressing treatment.
COVID-19 symptoms to look for
To get monoclonal antibody therapy, you must have received a positive test result for COVID-19 and/or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection in the last ten days. Symptoms include:
- New loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills (rigors)
- Muscle pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- New onset fatigue
- Sore throat
Get tested ASAP
Monoclonal antibody therapy is most effective during the first 10 days of infection. If you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19, get tested at the nearest testing site as soon as possible. Delaying testing may cause you to miss the 10-day window for treatment.
Schedule your therapy at a Baptist Hospital
Baptist has infusion therapy centers throughout our system that offer monoclonal antibody therapy. Your doctor can help you schedule a treatment at the infusion center nearest you. You may also call our Coronavirus Resource Center phone line at 866-941-4785 for more information.