Q&A: Antibiotic overprescribing intensifies during COVID-19 pandemic

The CDC previously reported that about one-third antibiotic prescriptions in the United States are unnecessary. New data suggest that efforts to curb antibiotic overprescribing have taken a step backward during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
“We know COVID-19 is a viral pneumonia,” Trevor Van Schooneveld, MD, director of the antimicrobial stewardship program at the Nebraska Medical Center, told Healio Primary Care. “But if we diagnose a viral pneumonia, we don’t need antibiotics.”
Van Schooneveld, a SHEA

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