With the flare of corona worldwide use of antibiotics is also increasing. Studies shows that the use of antibiotics in treatment of COVID-19 could lead to raised levels of the drugs within rivers or coastal waters which may in turn result in an increase in antimicrobial resistance, according to a UK study. Patients hospitalised due to the novel coronavirus infection are being given a combination of medications to prevent possible secondary bacterial infections, noted the researchers at the University of Plymouth in the UK.
Sean Comber, Professor of Environmental Chemistry in Plymouth said “COVID-19 has had an impact on almost every aspect of our lives. But this study shows its legacy could be felt long after the current pandemic has been brought under control’.
“From our previous research, we know that significant quantities of commonly prescribed drugs do pass through treatment works and into our water courses.
Continuing he said “By developing a greater understanding of their effects, we can potentially inform future decisions on prescribing during pandemics, but also on the location of emergency hospitals and wider drug and waste management”