Every year, at least 2,000,000 people in the United States get an infection that is resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die.1 The main cause of antibiotic resistance is overuse and misuse of antibiotic drugs.
Antibiotics are often necessary to treat infections, but not all infections. A survey by the CDC and Pew Health Group revealed that nearly 40% of Americans believed antibiotics could treat viral infections, which is not the case. Antibiotics can only treat infections that are caused by bacteria, not infections caused by viruses or yeast.
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