Doctors say monoclonal antibody treatment gives them hope in fighting COVID-19

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Doctors say monoclonal antibody treatment gives them hope. It’s used to treat mild or moderate COVID-19 cases within 10 days of the person’s first symptoms.

A local Doctor says it is effective.

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“It’s one of the few outpatient therapies that we have to offer people before they become ill.  Of course, vaccines are the most effective,” said Dr. Shirin Mazumder, an infectious disease specialist at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

Doctors say the treatment certainly helps, but the vaccine is still the best option.

One local nurse says it prevented her family member from winding up in an emergency room.

“I don’t know what would have happened if they didn’t go get that, but they did get it and they’re alive till this day,” said Kristen Bell, the administrative director of nursing at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

The treatment consists of lab-made proteins. The antibodies can stop the virus from entering the cells.

Specialists at Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital say the treatment is intended for high-risk individuals with underline health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.