How to Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria From Causing the Next Pandemic


COVID-19 is caused by a virus, but in weakening the body, it makes way for severe bacterial infections to take hold. Early research has found that nearly 15 percent of all COVID-19 patients acquire deadly secondary bacterial infections. These bugs can cause or worsen a patient's pneumonia and lead to septic shock, a life-threatening complication. Furthermore, public health authorities and scientists suggest that of individuals who died from COVID-19, as many as half were afflicted with these secondary infections. Among these opportunistic bacteria are superbugs, microbes that have mutated to resist standard antibiotics. Superbugs are not a unique problem to COVID-19, of course; they already kill 35,000 Americans every year. If bacteria continue evolving to outwit antibiotics, however, the World Health Organization estimates they will become the leading global cause of death by 2050.

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