Back to Basics: The Bug, the Drug, and You

Before you tackle a problem, you need to understand it. But a 2015 World Health Organization survey confirms something we’ve suspected all along – there’s still way too much confusion out there about what antibiotic resistance actually is. For example, the WHO survey found that “76% [of respondents] think that the statement ‘Antibiotic resistance occurs when your body becomes resistant to antibiotics and they no longer work as well’ is also true, when this is in fact a false statement.”

This two-minute video from Stat News – which they run with most of their antibiotic resistance stories – addresses the above misunderstanding. As they teach you in first year law school, when you approach a problem, always identify who the “actors” are – in this case, the bug, the drug, and you – and what their relationship is to each other. So if you’re in the majority and don’t understand why the above statement from WHO is false, this video should help you. (A larger video can be found in the body of this article.)

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