Treating COVID-19: Are we overusing antimicrobials?

Source Medical News Today

Antimicrobial resistance is a major public health concern that threatens the ability to deal with common infections. Optimizing the use of antimicrobial, or antibiotic, medicines plays a critical role in effectively treating infections and limiting antibiotic resistance. This optimization is known as antimicrobial stewardshipTrusted Source.

One aspect involves restricting the prescription of antimicrobial medicines before tests confirm that there is a bacterial infection, especially during hospital admission. A recent study published in The Lancet MicrobeTrusted Source investigated the use of antimicrobials among COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the United Kingdom.

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