a group of experts were asked to offer their opinions on how individuals can best protect themselves. Their advice is surprisingly simple and includes steps like learning to properly wash your hands, especially in public restrooms. They also encourage people to ask doctors to wash their hands when meeting with them, be leery of antibiotics that might not be necessary and to not be overly reliant on hand sanitizers in place of proper hygiene.
The Food and Drug Administration has also published consumer guides for protecting yourself from superbugs and combating antibiotic resistance. Both guides are based on simple steps consumers can take to protect themselves from antibiotic resistance. Again, much of the focus is on not relying on antibiotics unless necessary and only using them where appropriate. The FDA has also produced a short YouTube video that highlights steps to “Get Smart About Antibiotics” that you can view below.
So what do you think? Do you think the experts are offering enough information to really protect us? Do you feel any safer after reading the information the FDA has put out to educate us on proper use of antibiotics? What more can be done to make us safe? We value your opinion and encourage you to comment on this post to share your thoughts and ideas on how to combat antibiotic resistance.