Has anyone else read much of the CDC’s report about antibiotic resistance in bacteria? CDC report:
Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013 is a snapshot of the complex problem of antibiotic resistance today and the potentially catastrophic consequences of inaction. The overriding purpose of this report is to increase awareness of the threat that antibiotic resistance poses and to encourage immediate action to address the threat.This document can serve as a reference for anyone looking for information about antibiotic resistance. It is specifically designed to be accessible to many audiences.
Public reaction to news of antibiotic resistance seems to follow a predictable pattern: Instant alarm, followed almost immediately by apathy. Despite writing about this for years, I still haven’t figured out whether people think it will never happen to them, or whether they assume there will always be another drug to save them — both assumptions that are incorrect. source
Ticking Time Bomb
This just seems like a problem that has the potential to explode quickly. The timeline of resistance in the report has a logarithmic look to it. (page 28 if you’re curious.) I’ve already got a lot of hand sanitizer in the preps. I’m also thinking a simple surgical mask would go a long way towards limiting exposure in a get-home or bug-out situation. Something like this maybe.
Obviously the best way to stay healthy is to stay out of hospitals, nursing homes and such, especially while outbreaks are occurring. Take care of great-grandma at home, convince your daughter-in-law to labor at home as long as possible, or birth entirely at home if she’s comfortable with it, stitch up kid’s cuts at home over the sink.
Broad spectrum antibiotics may offer some limited benefit. I’m thinking here of garlic specifically. It offers a low dose of broad spectrum antibiotics, meaning it takes to fight to several levels instead of powering up in just one level.
What do you think? Will our scientists keep up the mad scramble of keeping ahead of the resistances? Will they fail catastrophically?
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- Calamity Jane