Why bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics is a problem in a viral pandemic

Each year a particular kind of infection kills more than 35,000 people in the United States. Those deaths are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. And some scientists are concerned about how the current pandemic might affect those bacteria.

The problem for doctors is that bacterial co-infections are deadly for people with COVID-19. So the standard practice is to provide antibiotics for patients in the ICU. This leads to worries about increasing antibiotic resistance for bacteria. This problem is not unique to COVID-19 but does highlight the problem of relying on antibiotics to prevent bacterial infections.