Friday, September 11, 2020

Terrifying superbugs far worse than coronavirus will soon 'wipe out 10m people a year'

Deadly superbugs far worse than Covid-19 are coming and will wipe out 10 million people a year - claiming the lives of 350m people by 2050 - top scientists have warned. 

Shaving, childbirth, small scratches or routine operations like hip replacements will become life-threatening as medicine is put "back in the dark ages" and humans are unable to fight off any infection.

It is caused by over-reliance on antibiotics which are on the brink of stopping working because they have become resistant. The crisis is being called the "biggest human health threat, bar none" by scientists.

And the use of antibiotics during the coronavirus crisis is speeding up the problem.

"If you thought Covid was bad, you don’t want anti-microbial resistance," said Dr Paul De Barro, biosecurity research director at Australia’s national science agency.

 He added: "I don’t think I’m exaggerating to say it’s the biggest human health threat, bar none. Covid is not anywhere near the potential impact of AMR.

"We would go back into the dark ages of health.

"Simple things like scratches could kill you, childbirth could kill you, cancer treatment, major surgeries, diabetes, in the background in all of these, is often the use of antibiotics.

"You will end up with massive pressure on the health system – exactly the sort of things you are seeing with Covid. Think about intensive care units, hospital stays, access to medical treatment outside of the hospital system, the use of antibiotics in nursing, in treating pneumonia, all of these come into play."

The World Health Organisation says resistance to antibiotics will cause 350m deaths by 2050.

It is already to blame for at least 700,000 deaths globally a year but experts believe this is a massive underestimate.

The figure is expected to reach 10m deaths annually without intervention.