US Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 18-24

Spread The Word: Appropriate Antibiotic Use Is Critical

Wednesday, November 18, kicks off U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week 2020 and the  CDC encourages you to get involved! Antibiotics can save lives and are critical tools for treating infections, including those that can lead to sepsis. However, any time antibiotics are used—in people, animals, or crops—they can lead to unintended consequences, including contributing to the development of antibiotic resistance (AR). Antibiotic resistance is a One Health problem—the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment.    Each of us is now living in a world with a nearly untreatable virus—but COVID-19 is not the only threat that we are facing.

Many bacterial and fungal infections that were previously considered treatable are no longer responding to the drugs designed to kill them. Drugs like antibiotics are a vital tool for modern medicine, used to prevent and treat infections. As drug-resistant infections are becoming more common, modern medicine as we know it is at risk and, much like COVID-19, it has the potential to overwhelm our healthcare systems. 

Governments, researchers, and industry partners around the world have mobilized to implement prevention efforts and to develop diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines for COVID-19. New recommendations and practices continue to be deployed to slow its spread. Join to listen about what other actions we can take to reshape strategies for combating antimicrobial resistance globally. Learn more herey.