WHO says unnecessary use of antibiotics against COVID-19 can increase lethal cases

WHO says unnecessary use of antibiotics against COVID-19 can increase lethal cases

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has voiced concern over the unsubstantiated use of antibiotics in mild cases of COVID-19 as thus a large number of bacteria become resistant to critically important antimicrobial medicines.

The WHO has stated that only a small proportion of Covid-19 patients needed antibiotics to treat subsequent bacterial infections.

The organisation has issued guidance to medics not to provide antibiotic therapy or prophylaxis to patients with mild COVID-19, or to patients with moderate illness without a clinical suspicion of bacterial infection. On Monday, June 1, WHO Director General TedrosAdhanom Ghebreyesus commented as quoted by The Guardian: “The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increased use of antibiotics, which ultimately will lead to higher bacterial resistance rates that will impact the burden of disease and deaths during the pandemic and beyond”.

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