April 24 is World Meningitis Day, and the condition is one of many that may compete against COVID-19 for healthcare resources. The disease is deadly and debilitating, it strikes quickly, and it affects people of all ages.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a threat to our antibiotic infrastructure, which is already compromised due to a lack of new therapies. That threat makes antimicrobial stewardship even more important.
Patients at the greatest risk for secondary infections, particularly infections that are resistant to first-line antibiotics, include people who are already vulnerable due to other conditions and diseases—like COVID-19. Because of that, antimicrobial resistance poses a significant additional threat, especially as healthcare systems become overburdened.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that Tuberculosis (TB) caused 1.5 million deaths in 2018. It’s one of the top ten causes of death worldwide and the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent.