Antibiotic resistance has been on the rise in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A new analysis suggests that hospital-acquired, antibiotic-resistant infections increased in the United States during the pandemic.
- The spike in antibiotic resistance in hospitals was particularly high among patients with COVID-19.
- The researchers speculate that increased antibiotic prescribing and reduced infection control during the crisis may be partly responsible.
- By contrast, the frequency of resistant infections that originated in the community appeared to decrease during the pandemic.
Over time, bacteria and other microorganisms can evolve resistance to antimicrobialTrusted Source drugs, which include antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and antiparasitics. This makes common infections increasingly hard to treat and potentially fatal…