If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, monoclonal antibody therapy can keep your symptoms from worsening and keep you out of the hospital.
Monoclonal Antibody Treatment For COVID-19 Infection
One clinic visit may help reduce your risks of getting sicker
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, have had symptoms for less than 10 days and are at high risk for developing severe illness, monoclonal antibody treatment can help. In fact, 70% of patients treated reduced their symptoms and risks of hospitalization after getting the treatment. Through a partnership with U.S. Health & Human Services, Henry Ford has added a new federally supported monoclonal antibody infusion center in southwest Detroit and expanded services at other clinics.
Who is eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment?
You're eligible to be treated with monoclonal antibodies if you have mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days or less, you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, and are:
- 65 or older
- 12 to 64 years old with one or more of these conditions:
- Obese or overweight (BMI greater than 25) or if age 12-17, BMI above 85th percentile
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Immunosuppressive disease or treatment
- Cardiovascular disease (including congenital)
- Chronic lung disease (COPD, moderate asthma, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease)
- Sickle cell disease
- Neurodevelopmental disorders (cerebral palsy)
- Dependent on medical technology (tracheostomy, gastrostomy, positive pressure ventilation)
- Call (313) 874-7575 to confirm that you’re eligible and get scheduled.
- This one-visit, free treatment is available at Henry Ford clinics in Detroit, Jackson, Clinton Township, Dearborn and Novi.
How does monoclonal antibody treatment work?
Your body naturally makes antibodies to fight infection. However, your body may not have antibodies designed to recognize a new virus like the virus that causes COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies, or mAbs, are made in a laboratory to fight an infection and are given to patients directly with an infusion through an I.V. The infusion and observation time afterward takes about two hours.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of monoclonal antibody therapy for non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients last fall. Henry Ford has successfully treated patients since we started offering the treatment last December.
How can I help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Getting vaccinated, wearing your mask and continuing to social distance are all important ways we can all help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit www.henryford.com/vaccine
Couple credits monoclonal antibody therapy for their recovery
Susan Carlson and her husband Ken of Macomb Township both contracted COVID-19 in April. They attribute monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy with helping them recover quicker.
Ken, 60, thought he had a cold or allergies over a weekend in April. By Sunday night, his symptoms hit him hard, with fever, chills, tiredness, weakness and a sore throat. He had a virtual visit with his primary care physician on Monday. After testing positive for COVID-19, his doctor referred him to Henry Ford’s mAb infusion clinic, where he was able to get a next day appointment.
Susan, 58, developed symptoms two days later. She complained of a sore throat, congestion, feeling “clammy,” and most concerning, felt pressure in her chest and shortness of breath. She tested positive as well. Her doctor also recommended the mAb clinic, where she made a same-day appointment.
Quick symptom improvement
The Carlsons both qualified for the treatment because of their ages and high blood pressure. They were able to get immediate appointments at one of Henry Ford’s six Crush COVID infusion centers. The appointment took about 90 minutes to complete.
“We both felt much, much better after we received the infusion,” said Susan. “We both slept most of the day of the infusion and the next day and started feeling better soon after. Our symptoms improved tremendously.”
After the infusion, Susan was able to walk up and down the stairs without shortness of breath. She was better able to concentrate and felt well enough to do some work from her home computer.
Ken’s tiredness and cough have lingered. He was home for about two weeks but has now returned to work.
The Carlsons had one of their two vaccine shots before they got COVID-19 but weren’t yet fully vaccinated. “Now we can’t wait to get that second shot,” said Susan.
The couple had a small family gathering with their adult children to celebrate a birthday the weekend before they got sick. Unfortunately, their son, who is not vaccinated, and their daughter and her boyfriend, who had only their first shot, tested positive for COVID as well. Although they were asymptomatic, they needed to isolate. A second adult son, who lives at home and is fully vaccinated, did not get sick.
“It was great to have the option to get the monoclonal antibody infusion. We’re both on the mend now—not going backwards,” said Susan. “We’ve told our friends, if you get COVID-19, jump on it!”