Doctors finding hurdles to using pills to treat COVID-19

  • Jeffrey Carlson stands for a portrait outside his home in Vadnais Heights, Minn., on March 13. Carlson, a Type 1 diabetic with heart stents, contracted COVID-19 in January, but recovered quickly after being treated with Merck’s molnupiravir medication. (AP Photo/Nicole Neri)

High-risk COVID-19 patients now have new treatments they can take at home to stay out of the hospital — if doctors get the pills to them fast enough.