COVID-19 is a virus that would not warrant use of antibiotics. However, according to a recent report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, physicians are prescribing antibiotics anyway to treat or prevent bacterial co-infections.
Physicians interviewed by CIDRAP reported that, while they felt antibiotic use was up related to treating COVID-19 patients, antibiotic stewardship principles in their organizations helped limit and guide their usage as much as possible.
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