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Peter Horby, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Health

A range of potential treatments have been suggested for COVID-19 but nobody knows if any of them will turn out to be more effective in helping people recover than the usual standard of hospital care which all patients will receive. The RECOVERY Trial is currently testing some of these suggested treatments: 

  • Low-dose Dexamethasone  (now only recruiting children)
  • Colchicine (commonly used anti-inflammatory)
  • Tocilizumab (an anti-inflammatory treatment given by injection)
  • Convalescent plasma (collected from donors who have recovered from COVID-19 and contains antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus)
  • REGN-COV2 (a combination of monoclonal antibodies directed against coronavirus)
  • Aspirin (commonly used to thin the blood).  

Data from the trial are regularly reviewed so that any effective treatment can be identified quickly and made available to all patients. Please see our news page for results that RECOVERY has already found. The RECOVERY Trial team will constantly review information on new drugs and include promising ones in the trial.  


Letters from the Chief Medical Officers

The Chief Medical Officers of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the NHS Medical Director, have written to all doctors strongly encouraging participation in the national randomised trials in COVID-19 of which RECOVERY is one. You can read the letters by following the links below. Please pass them on to your colleagues.

The importance of increasing recruitment

The importance of COVID-19 clinical trials

Recruiting patients for clinical trials for Covid-19 therapeutics


The RECOVERY Trial is registered at ISRCTN50189673 
EU Clinical Trials Register: EudraCT 2020-001113-21
Clinical Trials.gov: NCT04381936