Will the COVID pandemic lead to antimicrobial resistance?

Antibiotic efficacy is declining at a rate that could not have been predicted even five years ago, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated it.

Will the COVID pandemic lead to antimicrobial resistance?

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The main cause of antibiotic resistance is antibiotic use. When we use antibiotics, some bacteria die but resistant bacteria can survive and even multiply. The overuse of antibiotics makes resistant bacteria more common. The more we use antibiotics, the more chances bacteria have to become resistant to them

The responsibility for the rational use of antimicrobial drugs lies with all of us, the medical community, and citizens so that we do not find ourselves in a situation where there is simply no effective antibiotic for treatment.


People highlighted it at an international hybrid panel held on the occasion of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week and European Antibiotic Awareness Day, which we celebrate from 18 to 24 November.

Celebrated annually, the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.