To treat a disease, doctors are finding difficulties in prescribing pills. COVID-19

High-risk COVID- If doctors can get the pills to 19 patients quickly enough, they can now take new treatments at home to avoid the hospital.

Prescriptions are being delivered the same day across the country as a result of a nationwide push.

An initiative championed by President Joe Biden's administration has been implemented in some clinics.

Pfizer's Paxlovid tablet or Merck's molnupiravir capsule should be started within five days of the onset of symptoms.

By doing so, people who are at high risk of becoming ill and crowding hospitals can be kept from getting sicker.

A tight deadline has uncovered a number of problems, however. 

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