I'm not a doomsday person at all. The Chicken Littles of the world get on my nerves. But this threat is very real and we better address it.
7 scary facts about antibiotic-resistant superbugs
Scientists and public-health officials are a careful bunch who don't often paint doomsday scenarios. That is, unless they're talking about the issue of antibiotic resistance. More and more, as we learn that the threat of drug-resistant superbugs could literally spell our end, antibiotic resistance has become a worry akin to climate change: an overwhelming but intangible menace that can be difficult to rally around.
Despite dire warnings about the health impact of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the issue is still abstract for many, industry has blocked efforts to tackle it, and legislation to address it has repeatedly flopped. We continue to abuse and squander one of the greatest and most life-saving gifts science has bestowed on us. The lack of action is baffling and only makes the problem of antibiotic resistance more terrifying.
1) Superbugs could soon kill more people than cancer
2) Medicine would be undone without antibiotics
3) We’re making the problem worse by misusing antibiotics
4) We’re not making new, better antibiotics to treat superbugs
5) Big Food companies like McDonald's are stepping in — but with big loopholes
6) The agricultural industry is dead-set against reform — which has left the US lagging in its policies
7) We know what we need to do to solve the antibiotic resistance crisis. We're just not doing it.
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