Antibiotics do not treat viruses such as COVID-19, but they are absolutely essential for treating bacterial infections. Patients with COVID-19, are very susceptible to secondary bacterial infections which can only be treated with antibiotics. People on ventilators are particularly susceptible. Sadly it is these secondary bacterial infections that are a significant cause of death.
We are writing regular blog pieces to inform people about COVID-19 and why it is essential that new antibiotic treatments are developed.See our blog on COVID-19, bacterial infections and antibiotic resistance.
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