It is also known as antibacterials. They are medications that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria. They include a range of powerful drugs and are used to treat diseases caused by bacteria.
Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first natural antibiotic, in 1928. Penicillin-based antibiotics, such as ampicillin, amoxicillin, and penicillin G, are still available to treat a variety of infections and have been around for a long time.
Like any other drug, it has its side effects. Also, it is worth noting that people should not be self-medicating with any antibiotic without a doctor's prescription (even if antibiotics are usually not granted for purchase without a doctor's prescription/drug recommendation slip).
If people overuse antibiotics or use them incorrectly, the bacteria might become resistant. This means that the antibiotic becomes less effective against that type of bacterium, as the bacterium has been able to improve its defenses.
Regarding COVID-19, since it is a virus, antibiotics do not directly go and fight the disease. However, with the doctor's advice, people may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible. So, in a way, it works hand-in-hand in fighting the virus by targeting its symptoms.
If you read my posts on the topic of the coronavirus so far… and I mean all of them, not just cherry picking them… I think you will find that I have attempted consistently to apportion my viewpoint to the actual facts on the ground and have, in the main, pretty well correctly described what was happening and what would happen. However, my relative ‘optimism’ is not accounted for merely by reference to the fact pattern associated with COVID-19. There are reasons besides, as well, which I’d like to share with you in this post.
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