Deadly Super Bugs Could Kill Millions In The Next Few Years

Before you even read another word of this post, read and understand my medical disclaimer which you can find right here ….

“Super Bugs!” It is a term that we are going to hear more and more about as time moves on according to some experts. So what is a superbug, anyway?

Superbugs are bacteria or other microorganisms that have developed a resistance to antibiotics.

They are also referred to as drug-resistant organisms.

Superbugs can cause serious infections that are difficult or impossible to treat. Examples of superbugs include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), and multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

Are Covid 19 and its variants superbugs?

No, COVID-19 and its variants are not classified as superbugs. Superbugs are bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics, which are medications used to treat bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus and is not affected by antibiotics.

So superbugs are bacterial rather than viruses. Alright then, how do human beings become infected by superbugs?

1. Unhygienic practices: Poor handwashing, not cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, not washing food properly, and not disposing of waste properly can all contribute to the spread of superbugs.

I am sure there are plenty of people who stare at me like I might be crazy when they see me wiping down the table in my booth at restaurants or when they see me wiping my silverware. Other than that, I still make sure to wash my hands after every physical contact with another human being whether I think they are free of disease or what. In my opinion, there is nothing nastier than a human being.

2. Uncontrolled use of antibiotics: Overuse of antibiotics can lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. 3.

Poor sanitation: Poor sanitation can increase the risk of spreading superbugs from person to person.

Thus, the need for a thorough hand wash after every bathroom trip or every hug or handshake.

4. Contaminated food: Eating food that is contaminated with superbugs can lead to infection.

5. Contaminated water: Drinking water that is contaminated with superbugs can lead to infection.

6. Animal contact: Animals can pass superbugs to humans through contact.

7. Inadequate healthcare: Poor healthcare practices, such as not following proper sterilization procedures or not using gloves, can lead to the spread of superbugs.

8. Unsafe medical procedures: Unsafe medical procedures, such as using contaminated medical equipment or instruments, can lead to the spread of superbugs. There was this dentist once at the VA Medical Center who infected dozens of patients with HIV because he practiced poor sanitation in his practice.

9. Exposure to infected individuals: Coming in contact with someone who is infected with a superbug can lead to infection. Of course, it is impossible to know who is infected and who is not but I will discuss this a little further in this article.

How do Industry and Business contribute to the spread of superbugs?

1. Poor Hygiene Practices: Poor hygiene practices in food preparation and processing, such as not washing hands and equipment, can spread bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne illnesses.

2. Over-Prescribing: Over-prescribing of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, where bacteria become resistant to treatments.

3. Animal Feed: The excessive use of antibiotics in animal feed can lead to antibiotic resistance, which can spread to humans.

4. Poor Sanitation: Poor sanitation in food preparation and processing can lead to contamination, which can spread bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne illnesses.

5. Poor Infrastructure: Poor infrastructure can lead to inadequate water supplies and inadequate waste disposal, which can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses.

6. Unsafe Working Conditions: Unsafe working conditions can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses, as well as other illnesses.

7. Unsanitary Conditions in the Workplace: Unsanitary conditions in the workplace can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses.

8. Poor Waste Management: Poor waste management can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses, as well as other illnesses.

9. Poor Pest Control: Poor pest control can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses.

10. Unsafe Food Preparation Practices: Unsafe food preparation practices, such as not washing hands or equipment, can spread bacteria and viruses. There was a case where a restaurant close to where I live was shut down because they were discovered storing their fresh hamburger patties outside near a dumpster, trying to get them thawed out to be cooked and served to customers. Forget the fact the patties were covered with flies in the process.

So what are some of the reasons that superbugs are gaining so much attention these days?

1. The emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has become a major global health concern.

2. Superbugs have the potential to cause serious illnesses and even death.

3. The development of new antibiotics is becoming increasingly difficult, making it difficult to treat resistant bacteria.

4. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics have led to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

5. The spread of superbugs across the globe has been facilitated by international travel and trade.

6. Superbugs can cause outbreaks of serious illnesses and even death in healthcare settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes.

7. The cost of treating people with superbug infections can be high and can strain healthcare systems.

8. Superbugs can contaminate food, leading to food poisoning.

9. Superbugs can cause health problems for animals and the environment.

How Can Common Ordinary People Like You and I Protect Ourselves From Superbugs?

1. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds.

2. Avoid touching your face with your hands.

3. Disinfect high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and counters regularly.

4. Cook meats, poultry, and seafood thoroughly.

5. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

6. Wear a cloth face covering when out in public.

7. Get the flu shot and other recommended vaccines.

8. Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with others.

9. Practice good hygiene when coughing and sneezing.

10. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels and drinks.

Is It Possible To Know When You Are In Danger Of Being Infected By A Superbug?

Yes, some signs that you may be at risk of being infected by a superbug include: having a weakened immune system, having frequent and antibiotic-resistant infections, having been exposed to an antibiotic-resistant organism, having had recent surgery, or having contact with someone who is infected with a superbug. It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you think you may have been exposed to a superbug.

How Can You Know If You Have Had Contact With an Infected Person?

The only way to know if you have had contact with an infected person is to get tested. If you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, you should get tested and self-isolate. If the test is positive, follow your doctor’s advice on how to manage the infection.

Of course, with all the vaccination denial going on out there and with all the people who refuse to wear masks or take their shots, it is dang night impossible to know when you are in the presence of someone who had been infected with a bug that they can pass on to you …and, of course, many people lie about whether they have the bug or not or they lie about having their shots.

Can You Spot An Infected Person By Their Outward Symptoms?

The Medical people tell us, “No. It is not possible to accurately diagnose an infection simply by outward symptoms. In some cases, certain symptoms can be indicative of an infection, but it is impossible to make a reliable diagnosis without further testing. Additionally, an infected person may not have any outward symptoms at all.”

But I am telling you that if I am out somewhere and there are people around, and one or more of them starts to cough and sneeze, then I am going to assume that they have something nasty that I can catch and it is at that point when my mask comes out or I remove myself as far as possible away from that person.

Looking back over this article, I notice that I have repeated some things a number of times but I was always taught that repetition is the best technique for getting points across so I am not going to apologize since I think the subject of this post is so very important.

2 thoughts on “Deadly Super Bugs Could Kill Millions In The Next Few Years

  1. All very true, John. The over-prescribing of antibiotics is a problem in the UK. Now family doctors are increasingly reluctant to offer them unless the condition genuinely warrants it. There are also tranfers of antibiotics from animals bred for meat. We are all consuming too many of them, in various ways.
    Best wishes, Pete.


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