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COVID-19 Treatments and Therapies FAQ

Yale New Haven Health is continuing to conduct testing and treatment of patients across Connecticut and Rhode Island. The health system is also involved in dozens of clinical trials that may have a positive impact on survival and outcomes of COVID-19 patients.

FAQ 

Is Yale New Haven Health using monoclonal antibodies?

Yes. One of the outpatient treatment options for certain COVID-19 patients is the use of monoclonal antibodies. Just like antibodies that develop naturally in the body, monoclonal antibodies help the body fight off viruses like COVID-19. However, monoclonal antibodies are manufactured in a lab and are not derived from human blood products.

Learn more about the monoclonal antibody treatments offered through Yale New Haven Health and whether you are eligible.

What other experimental treatments are being used at Yale New Haven Health hospitals?

Yale New Haven Health have been using many other therapies for treating COVID-19 that include anti-malarial drugs, antivirals and immunosuppressants. Many of these are part of clinical trials while others are used for compassionate use.

What supportive therapies are being used at Yale New Haven Health hospitals?

The primary supportive therapies for treatment of COVID-19 is supplemental oxygen and intravenous fluids. When patients do not respond to these therapies, escalation of treatment includes both non-invasive as well as invasive mechanical ventilation. Severely or critically ill patients have also required dialysis (hemodialysis or continuous dialysis) and even extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in order to sustain vital organ function.

What about the vaccine?

The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are available for members of the community who can sign up using our online scheduling tool. However, vaccination is not considered a treatment for COVID-19.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines

What is antibody testing?

Antibody tests show whether a patient has been previously infected and/or exposed to the COVID-19 virus. While this test may help determine whether or not someone has already been infected by the virus, it is not recommended after vaccination.