Chief microbiologist and antimicrobial resistance specialist of the Russian Ministry of Health, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Roman Kozlov said that antibiotics are not effective against COVID-19. He announced this on Tuesday, November 10.
Kozlov said that more than 90% of patients with coronavirus are currently receiving antibiotics, including combination therapy. This happens not only in hospitals, but also on an outpatient basis. He believes that this situation will have adverse consequences in the future.
The doctor noted that antibacterial drugs are not active against viruses, including the causative agent of COVID-19 - SARS-Cov-2. Therefore, the presence of coronavirus infection in the human body is not an indication for the prescription of antibiotics. Antibiotic therapy should only be given if there are signs of a bacterial infection. According to him, unreasonable therapy can significantly worsen the patient's condition, and sometimes pose a threat to life. Kozlov recommends not buying antimicrobial drugs for systemic use in pharmacies without a doctor's prescription, RIA Novosti reports.
Earlier, "Profile" told whether it is possible to contract the coronavirus through food. According to the leading expert of the Center for Molecular Diagnostics of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor Mikhail Lebedev, there is a risk of contracting coronavirus infection in restaurants and cafes. However, this is due solely to non-compliance with social distancing and precautions.