“I call this the road to medical hell.”
That’s how 91-year-old infectious disease expert Calvin Kunin describes the wanton overuse of antibiotics in a 1950s flu epidemic—and now during COVID-19.
The COVID-era antibiotic of choice is azithromycin, a “very, very valuable drug” used to treat infections like strep throat, says Kunin.
But despite President Trump touting azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine as “the corona cocktail,” the combination has no proven benefits for treating COVID-19.
Azithromycin prescriptions, however, have skyrocketed, needlessly increasing the risk of resistance.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA Today
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