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Subspecialties Clinical care, COVID-19, Microbiology and immunology, Point of care testing

Stimulating Antimicrobial Stewardship

Now that we are seeing the true impact of a pandemic, it is more critical than ever to consider the global threat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses to human health.

Viral respiratory infections like COVID-19 predispose patients to coinfections, which lead to increased disease severity and mortality. Studies have already found that a significant number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients develop dangerous secondary bacterial coinfections (1) – and that 50 percent of COVID-19 patients who died had secondary bacterial infections (2).

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Chris Cook

Head of US Medical Affairs at BioMérieux, Inc., Durham, North Carolina, USA.

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