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No, you should not take antibiotics for covid

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Scientists warn that antibiotics should not be given to COVID patients, except in rare circumstances where a secondary bacterial infection is present.

The warning comes after a study led by the University of Glasgow found antibiotic use among hospitalized Covid-19 patients during the first wave in the UK was high, despite rarely a confirmed bacterial infection.

“Covid-19 is a viral infection. Antibiotics are ineffective against viral infections, unless a bacterial co-infection is present,” lead author Dr Antonia Ho, MRC- from the University of Glasgow’s Center for Virus Research, tells HuffPost UK.

Not only do antibiotics not work to treat viruses like COVID, but using them unnecessarily can cause side effects to patients in the future and, perhaps more worryingly, increase antibiotic resistance.

It is estimated that there are at least 5,000 deaths in England each year because antibiotics no longer work for some infections – and this figure is set to rise.

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