Coronavirus (COVID-19): Treatment Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by Carrie A. Horn, MD, Charles L. Daley, MD, Gwen A. Huitt, MD, MS, Shannon H. Kasperbauer, MD (March 04, 2020) The COVID-19 virus causes the infectious disease COVID-19. Currently, there is no medicine to treat people diagnosed with COVID-19. Antibiotics will not help. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections; they do not work against viruses, including the COVID-19 virus or the infectious disease it causes, COVID-19. Taking an antibiotics will not prevent you from developing COVID-19. Research is ongoing in search of a vaccine or medication to prevent and treat COVID-19. Visit the CDC for the latest information. COVID-19 Overview | COVID-19 Causes | COVID-19 Symptoms | COVID-19 Prevention | COVID-19 Diagnosis Treatment for most people diagnosed with COVID-19 is about relieving symptoms. While you have symptoms: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Stay home from work, school and public places so you don’t infect other people. Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Get extra rest and sleep in a separate bedroom, so you don’t infect family members. Take over-the-counter medications for fever, headache, congestion, cough and sore throat. Gargle with saltwater to relieve a sore throat. Eat a bland diet such as bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, if diarrhea is a problem. Use a separate bathroom and disinfect surfaces you touch after each use. Wear gloves if you have to be around other people and animals. Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow during coughs and sneezes. Wear a mask if you have a cough and a fever (wash your hands before and after placing a mask on and taking it off). Follow your doctor’s advice. If you have other health conditions, follow those treatment plans and ask questions if those treatments become challenging. More on COVID-19 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) & Allergies COVID-19 Antibody (Serology) Testing FAQs How to Take Your Temperature Virus or Bacteria — What’s the Difference? View More Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms Programs & Services Acute Respiratory Clinic Acute Respiratory Clinic (Pediatric) Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (Adult) Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.