Bay Area Community Health Launches Test-to-Treat Program
Blog Contribution by Bay Area Community Health
COVID-19 can cause symptoms ranging from mild to very severe. While most can treat COVID-19 with over-the- counter medicines, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), others are at high risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Analyses have found a higher risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 in those with various immunocompromising conditions, such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes. Treatments are available that can reduce hospitalization or death from the disease.
In November 2022, Bay Area Community Health launched a Test-to-Treat program, which aims to help people quickly access lifesaving treatments for COVID-19 at no cost. Through the Test-to-Treat, individuals can be tested for COVID-19, see a health care provider via telehealth, receive a prescription for an oral antiviral treatment (if they are eligible), and have the prescription filled—all in one location.
Step 1: Get Tested
Step 2: Meet with a Health Care Provider
If you test positive for COVID-19, you can meet with a health care provider via telehealth. During your appointment, the health care provider will determine if you are eligible to receive COVID-19 oral antiviral treatment. These treatments are available for people more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. If eligible, the health care provider will fill your prescription.
Step 3: Get Treated
Once your prescription has been filled, you can take your oral antiviral pills with you to begin treatment. If you have any questions about how to take the medication, be sure to ask your health care provider or pharmacist.
To learn more, visit, https://bach.health/covid19-testing