An Antibiotic Apocalypse: How to Talk About Drug-Resistant Infections

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Drug-resistant infection occurs when bacteria become antibiotic-resistant and are invulnerable to drugs. These bacteria can infect humans and animals and cause infections that are much harder to treat. Since drug-resistant infection is a big issue, it is important to raise public awareness and make people understand what drug-resistant infection is.



Drug-resistant infections are not limited to just one illness or country, and they can affect every one of us today, while many people still don’t realize the danger is nearby. So, a project called Reframing Resistance is launched to teach you how to talk about drug-resistant infection with others and help them better understand it.


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Here are five principles for you to better talk about drug-resistant infections. When used together, you can introduce this issue to your friend and family more effectively.



1. Frame drug-resistant infections as undermining modern medicine


You may think that drug-resistant infection is just about one disease, but actually, it is linked to the entire modern medicine.


When talking about drug-resistant infections, you should tell others it's a much more serious threat to the health of their loved ones instead of a single disease.



2. Explain the fundamentals simply


The formal medical term of drug-resistant infection is antimicrobial resistance or AMR. But most people don’t even know what microbe is. Instead, if you change AMR into drug-resistant infection, it can make more sense.


3. Emphasize that this is a universal issue


Anyone could be affected by drug-resistant infection. You can tell them drug-resistant infection can not only affect the most vulnerable groups.



In recent years, the use and misuse of drugs have increased the number and types of drug-resistant infection. As a result, some small infections may not be cured by standard treatment options. Many infectious diseases may one day become uncontrollable.


4. Focus on the here and now


It is predicted that drug-resistant infection would affect more and more people, and might even kill more.


You can tell your friend or family about the current impact of drug-resistant infections, and this impact will become increasingly severe. For example, "Superbugs set to kill 10 million by 2050 when antibiotics stop working.” This statement can surly raise people’s concern about drug-resistant infection.



5. Encourage immediate action


Although drug-resistant infection is a big problem, WHO has already endorsed a global action plan to tackle drug-resistant infection. Countries have been encouraged to develop national action plans to help achieve the global action plan.


What you need to do is to try to use safe and qualified medicines when you are having an infectious disease. At the same time, talk to people around you about drug-resistant infection and tell them to do the same thing as you. Let’s fight this global problem together!

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These messages are for mutual support and information sharing only. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.
Drug-resistant bacteria is scary. I somehow feel the bacteria are more difficult to kill nowadays. When I was a kid, I didn't need medicine to cure a fever. Now my son has to get medicine every time just to cure an infection. The bacteria are getting more stubborn.
I agree. I used to rest to cure my fever, now I have to take anti infection medicine.