I can’t be the only one that has to push certain family and friends to take all of the antibiotics they’ve been prescribed or that there’s no point asking the doctor for antibiotics when they’ve got a VIRUS, but it just doesn’t seem to click that resistance is here and resistance is real!
Now I know this isn’t the only cause of antimicrobial resistance. Bacteria and such are constantly evolving and therefore resistance is inevitable eventually, but lack of understanding certainly isn’t helping and the process is happening at a far quicker rate than we would like.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently published a list of bacteria for which we require antibiotics urgently. This scares the life out of me and I can’t comprehend the lack of concern in the general public. I forever hear sentences such as
“I’ll just have to go back to the doctors and get some more”
“I probably just need a different kind”
“This flu is horrible, I need some antibiotics” *chokes on drink*
This is the point – there are no other alternatives and we desperately need new drugs.
Below is the WHO’s list (available on their website).
WHO want to ensure that the list of bacteria published are targeted by R&D teams, in the hope we can fight the great fight. This is not going to be enough though. We need to be using the resources we do currently have appropriately. There needs to be better education around the topic. I believe prevention is better than cure and this also needs to be addressed. Finally, when we do develop antibiotics in the future, we need to be logical about how we administer them.
I’ve seen this list communicated quite a bit this week in the scientific community and just wanted to share it with anyone that maybe hasn’t yet.
I’d love to read your thoughts on antibiotic resistance in the media and how we should/can tackle it. Leave your thoughts or links in the comments.
Until next time,
There’s Something About Science