Quote from brownbook
While there are superbug viruses which I am glad scientist are investigating I feel like it is a little out of my control to do much about in my day to day living. Yet several times a year I hear co-workers, BSN nurses with many years of experience whose knowledge I admire, say "My cold won't go away I will ask Dr. so and so to write me a prescription for an antibiotic....he will write me one." Or my favorite...."I aspirated something when eating breakfast and was coughing a lot...I will ask Dr. so and so to write me a prescription for an antibiotic." Both times these nurses got what they asked for!
Maybe if we didn't over use antibiotics (I know they wouldn't work for viruses but perhaps they could help in some way??? stop opportunistic infections??) Stopping the overuse of antibiotics is something real and concrete we can do today to control so many antibiotic resistant bacteria.
I agree - after I took microbiology I was able to tell some of my relatives that using antibiotics indiscriminately is a large contributor to superbugs. Unfortunately, they continue to use them ("call so and so to ask them if they have any more x, this cough won't go away" type stuff). Ironically, these are the people who would complain in the event of a superbug or scare the living daylights out of you with the latest health scare they heard about on tv.