May 30, 2024

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The World Health Organization criticizes unnecessary antibiotic treatments during the Corona crisis

The World Health Organization criticizes unnecessary antibiotic treatments during the Corona crisis

During the Corona pandemic, hospitals often treated patients with antibiotics, when in fact it was not necessary. As a result, antibiotic resistance may have increased, according to new research by the World Health Organization. Although only 8% of COVID-19 patients admitted have a comorbid bacterial infection that requires antibiotics, 75% are still treated with them “just in case it helps.”

Antibiotics were given to patients suffering from severe Corona symptoms in particular.

The World Health Organization has divided antibiotics into three categories: access, surveillance and precaution. Therefore, she finds it worrying that Watch antibiotics, which must take into account potential resistance, are being used so often. As a result, the use of antibiotics during the COVID-19 pandemic may have had consequences for increased antibiotic resistance.

“When a patient needs antibiotics, their benefits often outweigh the risks of side effects or antibiotic resistance. However, when they are unnecessary, they provide no benefit and carry risks, so unnecessary use contributes to the spread of antibiotic resistance.” The World Health Organization said.

After the most dangerous peak of Corona, the use of antibiotics in Europe and America decreased again. The World Health Organization still calls on doctors and hospitals to “continue to act sensibly” in their use.

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