To combat coronavirus, we may need more antibiotics
May 20, 2020
By Cornelius J. Clancy, MD
The coronavirus infects and kills more Americans each day.
While the advice is to never take antibiotics for a virus, most patients hospitalized with COVID-19 receive antibiotics to prevent or to presumptively treat secondary bacterial or fungal pneumonia.
In fact, some patients, especially those on ventilators, aren't dying from the virus, but from other infections they contract in the hospital. According to one study, secondary infections were present in half of those who died from coronavirus.
Unfortunately, bacterial infections are growing resistant to our mo...