The use of antibiotics for the treatment of coronavirus is fraught with negative consequences. This opinion was expressed by the immunologist, head of the department at the Israeli clinic Hadassah Ar-Atzofim, Professor Yakov Berkun.
In an interview with RIA Novosti, the specialist explained that, according to the latest study published in the journal Infection control and hospital epidemiology, only 5-7% of hospitalized seriously ill coronavirus patients really needed antibiotics, since they developed secondary bacterial diseases against the background of the disease. At the same time, about 70% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 did not receive antibiotics.
Berkun also noted that mortality from coronavirus was higher among patients who were prescribed antibiotics for treatment. A related study was published by the Elsewier Information Center.
The unjustified and thoughtless use of antibiotics is fraught with the fact that bacteria develop resistance to existing drugs, the immunologist added. In addition, antibiotic treatment without special need leads to negative consequences, including a decrease in immunity, fungal infection in children, various autoimmune diseases, and a violation of the intestinal microflora.
According to Berkun, now they are looking for fundamentally different ways to combat pathogenic microbes, but they may be more expensive than antibiotics.
Earlier, anesthesiologist and resuscitator Alok Mishr, who works in the "red zone", spoke about the main mistake in the treatment of COVID-19. In her opinion, a large number of sick people themselves bring themselves to resuscitation: they take huge doses of antibiotics and drag out hospitalization. Therefore, it is not worth prescribing drugs for yourself, including antibiotics, she added.