The 18 November is European Antibiotic Awareness Day and this is World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. Every year, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of antimicrobial resistance – united to preserve antimicrobials.
What is antimicrobial resistance?
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) happens when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines. This makes common infections harder to treat.
You can find out more about AMR and why it’s increasing here: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/antimicrobial-resistance
What can we do to help?
- Good hygiene can help stop the spread of microbes, wash your hands frequently
- Always take antimicrobial medicines (antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics) as prescribed by your doctor
- Keep taking your required treatments and medications, even through COVID-19
Find out more about World Antimicrobial Awareness Week: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antimicrobial-awareness-week/2020