The Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak: Global Implications for Antimicrobial Resistance

  18 May 2020

We are in the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the most significant global health event since Spanish influenza in the early 20th century. Increasingly draconian measures are being implemented worldwide to try to slow the spread of the virus. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been cited as the most significant threat to the global health and global economy in recent years, but is now likely to be eclipsed by COVID-19 for some time. However, the emergence of COVID-19 also presents some important consequences for the development of AMR. This piece will highlight how managing the COVID-19 crisis could impact AMR in the clinic, beyond the clinic in the community, in the environment and in relation to public awareness. When civilization emerges from the other side of this global health emergency, efforts should be made to understand these potential effects on AMR, the other significant, and constant global health issue of our time.

Further reading: frontiers in Microbiology
Author(s): Aimee K. Murray
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