This article raises a point I've been making also for decades. Whereas SARS-COV2 is trivial, with a per capita mortality rate under 0.2% in the worst-hit nations, an antibiotic-resistant bacterial strain could kill tens of millions in a single nation. Doctors hand out antibiotics like candy for viral infections on the entirely spurious grounds that "it could help prevent secondary infection" and farmers cram antibiotics into animals to speed the growth process. This creates ideal conditions for drug-resistant bacteria, which is precisely what we're seeing now. There are drug-resistant strains of venereal disease, e-coli, and several other common bacteria. The last antibiotic to be developed was over 40 years ago; our current pharmacological armory is now down to a tiny handful of drugs that still have (usually) some effect. All because of standard human folly.

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