COVID patient shares history of monoclonal antibody therapy | MCU Times

COVID patient shares history of monoclonal antibody therapy

BOULDER, Colorado (KDVR) – As Colorado urges people to consider monoclonal antibody therapy to help reduce COVID-19 hospital admissions, a Boulder woman shared her experience with the treatment.

A Regeneron monoclonal antibody infusion bag at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Jill Lester and her husband were both vaccinated but tested positive for COVID-19 in July.

“I really felt such a pain in my body that I’ve never in my life experienced with any flu before, ever, and understood how sick it could make people, and it was scary,” Lester said.

The 66-year-old from Boulder knew to ask about monoclonal antibody treatment, which is an infusion given at a health center. Data show that it can reduce the risk of hospitalization by 70-80%.

“It took 15 minutes. It was painless. It was smooth,” Lester said.

Both she and her husband received the infusion, stayed out of the hospital and recovered.

“You could feel how much better you were within hours of treatment,” Lester said.

Who is eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment?

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said COVID patients may be eligible for treatment if:

  • they are over 12 years old,
  • tested positive for COVID,
  • have had mild to moderate symptoms for less than 10 days and have not been hospitalized,
  • and are at high risk for severe symptoms.

Hoping to keep the number of admissions down, the state is now expanding the use of monoclonal antibody treatments. There are more than 160 providers in the state, including five mobile buses.

Lester is happy that she and her husband received the treatment.

“I’m really grateful,” she said.

She recovered so quickly that she was even able to take on a planned trip to Europe a few weeks later.

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