Treatment of COVID-19 with Antibiotics May Increase Antimicrobial Resistance

A new study, conducted by researchers from the University of Plymouth and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, UK, suggests that the use of antibiotics to treat people with COVID-19 may increase antimicrobial resistance (AMR).Treatment of COVID-19 with Antibiotics May Increase Antimicrobial Resistance

The researchers analyzed patient numbers in emergency hospitals set up temporarily around the country and took into account the associated treatment works’ capacity and available river water dilution for the emergency hospital and associated town.

Senior author of the study Thomas Hutchinson, a professor of environment and health at the University of Plymouth, says: “The data for amoxicillin indicated that while there was little threat of direct impacts on fish populations and other wildlife, there is a potential environmental concern for the selection of AMR if at 100% capacity.”

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