The COVID-19 pandemic: a threat to antimicrobial re-sistance containment

As of 23 April 2021, the of COVID-19 claimed around 150 million confirmed cases with over 3 million deaths worldwide. Yet, an even more serious but silent pandemic, that of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), is likely complicating the outcome of COVID-19 patients. Dr Raspail Founou and colleagues discussed the current knowledge on the emergence of the and highlights the likely contribution of the COVID-19 pandemic on the escalation of AMR. engenders extensive antibiotic overuse and misuse, and will undoubtedly and substantially increase AMR rates worldwide. Amid the expanding COVID-19 pandemic, the authors showed that policymakers should consider the hidden threat of AMR much more, which may well be enhanced through improper use of antibiotics to treat patients with severe COVID-19 infection.

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