Thanks a lot, paranoid people who demand an antibiotic for every cut, ear infection, and cough your come down with: misuse and overuse of antibiotics has led to the development of superbugs that are resistant to our medicines. Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a Methicillin-resistant superbug, is now on the move, infecting patients both at home as well as in hospitals.
Another bacteria, Klebsiella pneumoniae, is also on the prowl. This bad baby has been reported in at least 36 states so far, and may already be infecting the other 14. Between these superbugs, doctors estimate that 25,000 people in Europe alone were killed last year. Long-term care facilities seem to have the highest rates of infection so far.
These superbugs are resistant to just about every antibiotic we have out there, and if we don’t do something fast, we may not be able to stop them. In the meantime, you do know that if you wash your hands with regular soap—rather than that antibacterial nonsense—it’s going to work just as well, right? And doctors are not drug-pushers; they will let you know if you need an antibiotic or not. Please don’t demand one unless it’s vital; that’s what your body is for, you know.