Monday, February 27, 2017

Pestilence

Many Americans unaware of 'superbug' threat: Poll - UPI.com
UPI reports: "More than two-thirds of U.S. adults know 'little' or 'nothing' about so-called superbugs -- bacterial infections that are resistant to many or all antibiotics. And around half believe, incorrectly, that antibiotics work against viruses. That's a concern because improper antibiotic use is considered the major driver of the superbug problem -- a problem with deadly consequences. [...] Health officials have long warned against improper use of antibiotics because bacteria that are exposed to the medications and survive can mutate to become resistant to the drugs."

Comment: This is a huge public health issue, sure, but what can you do about it right now? First, Google the difference between a viral and bacterial infection. The heart of the problem is that people simply don't know there is a difference and think that antibiotics are a universal cure. If the public is more educated about the basics it will be easier to follow medical advice and cut back on the use of antibiotics. What else can you do? Stop buying soaps and other products that are advertised as antibacterial and just use soap and water. Studies have shown that soap and water works just fine. People have been using them for thousands of years with no problems. Stick with what works.

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