The main threat to human beings in terms of health is now the coronavirus. All the efforts of the scientific community are focused on finding a vaccine against Covid-19, but experts warn of a greater threat: the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics.
As collected by the medium Science Alert, these bacteria can become a Covid-19 level threat
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), three million Americans a year contract a bacterial infection resistant to antibiotics. Of them, some 35.000 die because of it.
Global data points to 700,000 deaths per year And according to the WHO, at this rate in 2050 about 10 million people will die from antibiotic-resistant infections.
The reason is to be found in the ‘overprescription’ of antibiotics, use in livestock and other factors. Diseases such as gonorrhea, tuberculosis or salmonella are becoming increasingly difficult to deal with. A small portion of the bacteria that survive these antibiotics evolve and reproduce, creating resistance. It is estimated that 230,000 people die each year worldwide from antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis.
According to Sarah Fortune, Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard University, says: “Bacterial infections are increasingly likely to be very difficult to treat, even untreatable. And untreatable infections are bad. They do a lot of damage. They kill people“.
Another expert, Steffanie Strathdee, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, believes that “it’s already a pandemic. It is already a global crisis and it is getting worse with Covid-19. “