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All About Monoclonal Antibodies

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Monoclonal antibodies have been in the news lately since Florida opened more than a dozen state-run centers providing these Covid-19 treatments. These laboratory-made “substitute antibodies” can help the immune system recognize and respond more effectively to COVID-19.

We learn how they work, and who are the best candidates for treatment — including whether they’re appropriate for younger patients.

Dr. David Marconi, a board certified family medicine physician who has been working to coordinate the monoclonal antibody treatment response for Lee Health.
Dr. Mobeen Rathore, Chair of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Emerging Infections Task Force, and Chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville.

The three state-run sites here in southwest Florida are at the Old Bonita Springs Library at 26876 Pine Avenue in Lee County; the Tringali Community Center at 3460 N. Access Road in Englewood in Charlotte County; and at the Old Dollar General at 1500 Lake Trafford Rd in Immokalee in Collier County. You can find a list of all state-run sites here.