The coronavirus pandemic and the uncontrolled use of antibiotics are bringing the world closer to a new epidemic,” say U.S. scientists who predict outbreaks of infections caused by superbacteria. Science Alert writes about it.
Especially dangerous bacteria, resistant to existing drugs, cause a huge number of infections, victims of which become hundreds of thousands of people every year. Experts from the World Health Organization believe that by the middle of the twenty-first century the number of people infected with superbacteria will be ten million.
Scientists say that the uncontrolled use of antibiotics (not only in medicine, but also, for example, in animal husbandry) leads to the emergence of strains of gonorrhea, salmonella and tuberculosis pathogens that practically do not respond to common antibiotics. The COVID-19 pandemic, which is accompanied by even more active use of antibiotics, only aggravates the problem.
“Unlike the new coronavirus, which appeared suddenly, the superbacterial crisis has been spreading for quite a long time, but we are still far from its peak. We are talking about a global crisis that will take hundreds of thousands and millions of human lives. And we don’t yet have a solution to the problem of resistant bacteria,” says Steffany Stratdi, Professor of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego.