COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the use of antibiotics around the world. Improper use of antibiotics can reduce its effectiveness, said Dr. Hande Harmanci, Representative of the World Health Organization in Azerbaijan at an online press conference dedicated to the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.
"There is no effective treatment for COVID-19. The use of antimicrobial drugs during a pandemic can lead to resistance to these drugs. Long-term use of antimicrobial drugs poses a threat to public health. If we look at the hospitalization rate of patients infected with the coronavirus, we see that 8% of patients have a bacterial or fungal infection. This indicates the use of antibiotics in 72% of these patients. The use of antibiotics in mild cases is not recommended. Antibiotic treatment is recommended for the treatment of severe bacterial infections," Harmanci noted.
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