There are no vaccines or approved medicines for COVID-19 yet. But many clinical trials are underway.
: September 21, 2020 at 4:55 PM
You may have questions about what medications your doctor can prescribe to treat COVID-19. Right now, there are no specific treatments, vaccines or preventative medications for COVID-19. However, researchers are working hard to find treatments that work.
We don't know what harm existing medications and drugs may cause for people who have COVID-19. We do not recommend any existing drugs to treat COVID-19 in British Columbia, except in clinical trials.
You can find information about specific medications, drugs and vaccines below. This can help you understand what’s true or false online about COVID-19 treatment.
Most people with COVID-19 will recover on their own. Please refer to our page for more details on how to
manage when you are sick
No, influenza (flu) vaccine does not protect against COVID-19. Please visit our
prevention and risk page
to find ways to protect yourself against COVID-19.
No. There is currently no medication that is effective for preventing COVID-19. Tamiflu is used to treat and prevent influenza A and influenza B (flu). Coronaviruses like COVID-19 belong to a different family of viruses. There is no evidence that Tamiflu is effective against coronaviruses.
No. Antibiotics only work for bacterial infections, not viruses. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Do not take antibiotics to prevent or treat COVID-19. Learn more about antibiotics at
While some home remedies may help with symptoms, there is no evidence that they can prevent or treat COVID-19.
Studies have shown that steroids like dexamethasone (sometimes used for arthritis and other illnesses) and hydrocortisone have shown improvement in very ill COVID patients requiring oxygen therapy or mechanical ventilation. As well, if someone sick with COVID-19 also has asthma or chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), they may receive steroids to treat those conditions.
No. Some initial studies suggested an effect in a test tube only. However, neither drug has been tested in people enough to know if they work outside the lab. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are not recommended for the treatment of COVID-19 except in a clinical trial.
Remdesivir has received conditional approval by Health Canada for the treatment of COVID-19. At this time, availability of Remdesivir in British Columbia remains limited to clinical trials.
Antiretrovirals are currently under investigation in clinical trials. There is no evidence yet that LPV/r is effective in treating COVID-19.
No. There is no evidence that taking Vitamin C will help prevent infection with COVID-19. Health Canada says a daily intake of 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women is enough. You should not take more than 200 mg as it can cause side effects including diarrhea and nausea.
No. You should not stop taking them because of COVID-19. The Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Hypertension Canada and the American Heart Association all recommend that patients should continue these drugs for managing heart disease or hypertension.