Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
As the world deals with a pandemic, there remains another global challenge that cannot be ignored. Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics may be justified, as we are trying to treat a novel disease condition, which, in turn, could lead to an increase in antimicrobial resistance. We can decrease morbidity, mortality, and health care costs by controlling antimicrobial resistance, but it requires antimicrobial stewardship. Major components of effective and timely antimicrobial stewardship are diagnostic stewardship, infection prevention and control, and integration of COVID-19-specific flags into electronic health records, all of which may be integrated into current strategies of COVID-19 mitigation and management. Going through the influenza season of 2020, implementation of antimicrobial stewardship education efforts in the United States can help us contend with influenza in addition to COVID-19 and any bacterial coinfections or secondary infections. Additional solutions include the development of vaccines, alternative therapies, such as antibodies, and advanced diagnostics using advances in genomics and computer science.
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Mayi, Bindu S.; Manda Mainville; Rida Altaf; Michelle Lanspa; Sheel Vaniawala; Thomas A. Ollerhead; and Aarti Raja. 2021. "A Crucial Role for Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Midst of COVID-19." Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education 22, (1). doi:10.1128/jmbe.v22i1.2285.