Bacterial co-infections are a serious risk for hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The risk is increased those in the ICU wards.
Overall, 7% of hospitalised COVID-19 patients had a bacterial co-infection. A higher proportion of ICU patients had bacterial co-infections than patients in mixed ward/ICU settings.
While many physicians would like to give antibiotics to prevent co-infections, there is an increasing awareness that increases the risk of creating more antibiotic resistant bacteria. Earlier in June, the WHO warned of this overuse of antibiotics for Covid-19.