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Antibiotic Resistance: Is the Western emphasis on stewardship misplaced?

4th June 2020

While successful antibiotic stewardship programmes may make some impact in countries with good sanitation standards, Dr Abdul Ghafur, coordinator of the Chennai Declaration, is doubtful whether it will make any substantial difference to superbug rates in developing countries...

COVID-19: Our dysfunctional relationship with nature leaves the door open to deadlier pandemics

26th May 2020

It has been estimated that as many as 70% of emerging diseases come from our contact with animals. As such, plans to prepare for future pandemics must surely focus on shifting to a less exploitative relationship with nature and the environment...

The new normal: post-pandemic, could the tools we are using to fight COVID-19 also help us tackle the spread of superbugs?

19th May 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) team at Wythenshawe Hospital, in Manchester, UK, utilised its skills in assessing patients remotely to develop a COVID-19 Virtual Ward. Lead Nurse, Liz Wilson, explains the process and considers how these experiences could instruct best practice in the future...

Reader Response: The awkward truth about the food on our table

14th May 2020

Following our recent post from Natalie Bennett about the threat of antimicrobial resistance and our food supply chain, reader Paul-Enguerrand Fady got in touch to offer an alternative perspective...

Antibiotic resistance: the ‘other’ pandemic lurking behind COVID-19

12th May 2020

Antibiotic resistance is a slow-motion pandemic – whose speed will increase because of COVID-19. A concentrated global effort is now needed to ensure it is addressed with the same urgency that’s likely to bring us a COVID-19 vaccine in the months ahead...

COVID-19: could fragile supply chains risk access to life-saving drugs?

7th May 2020

Hospital pharmacy teams battling to meet the needs of some patients - with antimicrobial agents on the list of drugs in short supply...

When panic goes viral: communicating responsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic

5th May 2020

With the public’s seemingly bottomless appetite for any story relating to the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19, there’s a risk that some use of evidence (however well-intentioned) could do more harm than good...

COVID-19 and Superbugs: There’s something in the water…

28th April 2020

The quantity of antibiotics used during the COVID-19 pandemic will likely far exceed that of any previous pandemic, with implications for antibiotic resistance genes in our rivers and beyond...

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