MYTH: Antibiotics can prevent and treat Covid-19

This is not true. Antibiotics are medicines used to treat bacteria, and Covid-19 is caused by a virus, which is a different kind of bug to bacteria. There is no established treatment for Covid-19 and while antibiotics can treat bacterial infections they cannot treat Covid-19. Some patients with Covid-19 are given antibiotics because they develop a second bacterial infection on top of Covid-19. In that case, antibiotics can help them clear the bacterial infection, but the antibiotics won’t have an effect on the viral infection. It is important to take the right medicine for the right illness.