To reduce the spread of all respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, anyone who feels sick should stay home. Find out if you are eligible for COVID-19 treatment, continue to follow public health measures and stay up-to-date with your vaccinations for the best protection.


Treatment is available for high-risk individuals to lower the risk of serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19 infection. It is important to know if you are eligible for treatment . To be most effective, these medications need to be taken within five to seven days of your symptoms starting.

If you start to have COVID-19 symptoms (even if mild) or have tested positive, talk to your health care provider as soon as possible. Do not wait for your symptoms to get worse. If your symptoms are severe, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911.

You must have a positive COVID-19 test (PCR or Rapid Antigen test) to receive treatment.

It is important to know that these medications are not used to prevent COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines continue to be the most effective way to protect against COVID-19 infection.

How to Get Treatment

If you are eligible for treatment, get tested.

  • Talk to your health care provider (i.e. family doctor, nurse practitioner, walk in clinic) as soon as possible. If you need help finding a health care provider, call Health Connect Ontario at 811.
  • Visit a Clinical Assessment Centre that can provide testing and treatment options.
  • Contact your local pharmacy to see if they prescribe antiviral treatment (Paxlovid) and how to get a prescription.