Starting on Wednesday, Broward Health can use an antibody cocktail – approved for emergency use by the FDA – that can really give promising results for people diagnosed with COVID-19
“We are administering monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of COVID-19 positive individuals with mild to moderate symptoms,” said Aldo Calvo, D.O., Medical Director of Outpatient Services at Broward Health.
Dr. Calvo said that if you are within 10 days of the onset of symptoms, aged 65 or older, immunocompromised or have a chronic condition like diabetes or COPD, you can get IV.
“It is administered in an infusion for more than 45 minutes and is really for the treatment of those individuals who have recently tested positive and who have low to moderate symptoms,” said Dr. Calvo. “Those individuals with possible low fevers, cough, some discharge, possible nasal discharge.”
Antibodies, a combination of bamlanivimab and etesevimab, basically prevent the virus from replicating in normal cells in our body, reducing damage and improving recovery time. Patients can see an improvement in one day.
“We want to avoid your hospitalizations and we want to prevent your deaths and that is very important,” said Dr. Calvo. “Other hospitals are doing this, but the main caveat here is that many of our doctors in our community may not know about this treatment or perhaps know about it, but they don’t know how to get access to their patients.”
Other local medical systems, like the University of Miami and Baptist Health, already administer the treatment. The treatment translates into hope for those who are awaiting vaccination or are simply not ready for the vaccine and are still at risk of infection.
“As the director of outpatient care and working with our community doctors and our patients, it is so refreshing to know that we now have therapy that can help,” said Dr. Calvo to NBC 6.
Broward Health says you can speak to your doctor and, if you qualify, he can fill out an order form to receive the IV at the hospital.