COVID-19 treatments are now available that help prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death by up to 88%. Loma Linda University Health is a Test-to-Treat center where patients 18 years and older can get tested and treated for COVID-19.
Treatment is safe, free, and widely available for most adults and some teens — with or without insurance or U.S. citizenship. According to the California Department of Public Health, you should get treatment if you have symptoms, tested positive, and have certain conditions.
Test & Treat Immediately
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should get tested right away. If you test positive, you should get treated right away. COVID-19 treatments must be taken within five to seven days of when your symptoms start. Getting treated immediately can prevent the virus from multiplying in your body, help you test negative sooner, and may lower the risk of long COVID.
More Testing & Treatment Options
- Search Test-to-Treat locations: Additional Test-to-Treat locations are available where you can talk to a doctor, get tested, and get treatment. Find a center near you or call the statewide COVID-19 hotline at 833-422-4255 for help.
- Telehealth appointments: If you test positive, schedule a phone or video treatment visit on MyChart, call 833-686-5051, or go to sesamecare.com/covidca to talk to a healthcare provider the same or next day. Free phone or video appointments are available through California’s free telehealth provider.
- At-home and free testing: You can also test at home or find free testing near you, then seek treatment from your doctor or certain pharmacies (such as CVS and Walgreens). Call the statewide COVID-19 hotline at 833-422-4255, or go to covid19.ca.gov/get-tested to find test locations or get test kits.
About COVID-19 Treatments & Side Effects
COVID-19 treatments include pills such as Paxlovid and Molnupiravir or IV treatments such as Remdesivir. Pills can be taken safely at home, while IV treatments are usually given by a health professional. Most people have no side effects from any COVID-19 treatment, and the most common side effects are nausea or a bitter taste.
Isolate from others for at least five full days if you test positive, even if you’re receiving treatment. Use the Personal Testing and Isolation Calculator to help you determine how long you should isolate.
Tell people you recently interacted with that they may have been exposed. You can do this by calling, texting, or emailing them, or notify them anonymously through the Tell Your Contacts website.