Pandemic within a pandemic: Please use antibiotics correctly

Antibiotics

Antibiotics treat infections caused by bacteria, and have no impact on viral diseases, such as Covid-19.

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What you need to know:

  • Globally, antibiotic use in hospitals has surged since the start of the pandemic.
  • Antibiotics treat infections caused by bacteria, and have no impact on viral diseases.

Fear of Covid-19 is driving increased over-the-counter (OTC) sales and in-hospital prescriptions of antibiotics – and fueling a silent pandemic in its wake. Globally, antibiotic use in hospitals has surged since the start of the pandemic.

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