Millions around the world have begun using antibiotics for the treatment of COVID-19, at this point, everyone is trying whatever they can lay their hands on to improve their health, and make their immune system more resistant.
I have seen and heard people talk about numerous home remedies for dealing with COVID-19, all of which are based on unfounded stories. Very recently, many have shifted their attention to making use of antibiotics either for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.
This development is not just among those treating themselves at home; the record shows that medical experts are now making use of antibiotics when treating COVID-19 patients. That brings us to the big question, are antibiotics an effective treatment option for COVID-19? What are the dangers? Should you avoid using them? These are some of the questions we will be addressing in this review.
Why Have Many Turned to Antibiotics?
Medical experts in so many countries have resulted in using antibiotics for curing or protecting patients against secondary infections that are bound to occur during respiratory illnesses, or when hospitalized. While they are not using it directly for combating coronavirus, they are taken along with other treatments given to coronavirus patients.
Poor researchers with little or no reasonable information at all about COVID-19 have also encouraged many to make use of antibiotics. While many will not wait for more details on the effectiveness of antibiotics, the simple baseless advice given has led to a massive increase in the intake of antibiotics all around the world. Such ones use antibiotics with the hope that it will help them build resistance against COVID-19.
Does Antibiotics Help Treat or Prevent COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they are only effective on bacterial infections. Hence, the clear answer to the question of if antibiotics help treat or prevent COVID-19 is NO. Since COVID-19 is caused by viruses and not bacterial, antibiotics cannot work in preventing or treating the infection.
Some of the popular antibiotics include Amoxicillin, Doxycycline, Cephalexin, Ciprofloxacin, Clindamycin, Oxacillin, Ampicillin, etc.
A person battling with symptoms of COVID-19 will not have an improved condition when they make use of antibiotics, as it is not designed to deal with viruses. Antibiotics are designed to deal with specific illnesses and are only safe when used correctly. It is not also effective when dealing with flu, cough, colds, sore throat, or other medical conditions.
So, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19, battling with COVID-19, or want to reduce your chances of being infected, please note that antibiotics won’t work for you. It is not produced to protect you from coronavirus.
Side effects of excessive use of antibiotics
With the rate at which many are turning to antibiotics, post COVID-19, there are chances that the human body (especially those using excessively) will become resistant to antibiotics. As such, pathogens will grow more powerful and will start defending themselves against antibiotics that are supposed to kill them.
Resistance is, in fact, a problem on its own presently. Records have shown that resistance has led to over 700,000 deaths annually. This figure at the moment, is three times higher than the number of people who have died from COVID-19.
If resistance to antibiotics increases, it will take a lot of time to look for a medication that will help correct the condition, that is if there will ever be any. Hence, you can protect your immune system by avoiding the use of antibiotics for preventing and countering COVID-19.
Remember the Best Ways to Protect Yourself
Antibiotics will not protect you from contracting COVID-19, and if you are positive already, it will not cure the virus. The best way to protect yourself is:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and running water, especially when you go outside.
- Avoid touching your eye, nose, and mouth.
- Use facemask when outdoor
- Stay at home
- Social distancing is essential.
- Make use of hand sanitizer.
- Clean all external surfaces.
These are the things that will protect you from contracting the virus, antibiotics will not protect you from contracting, neither will it help with treating COVID-19—good health to you.