Act fast if you have COVID symptoms Feeling sick? If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, act fast! COVID-19 antiviral treatments can help reduce your symptoms and keep you out of the hospital, but you must take them as soon as possible.
Follow these steps to reduce your chances of severe illness:
1. Get tested as soon as possible.
Medicare covers up to 8 over-the-counter COVID-19 tests each calendar month, at no cost to you until May 11, 2023.
You can also search for no-cost COVID-19 testing locations near you.
2. If you test positive, and are more likely to get very sick, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider right away to find out if treatment is right for you.
3. If you’re eligible for treatment, start as soon as possible. Treatment must be started within days after you first develop symptoms to be effective.
Consider using a Test to Treat location where you can get tested and have the prescription filled, all in one location.
The Medicare Team
Latest Information from Medicare.gov on COVID-19 Symptoms
February 24, 2023