Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating new coronavirus infections? The official WHO answer is here

- May 13, 2020-

Faced with the current outbreak of pneumonia caused by new coronaviruses, the World Health Organization recently answered four questions on the official website of the public, "Is antibiotics effective in preventing and treating new coronavirus infections?"


The Xinhua News Agency reporter sorted out as follows:


Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating new coronavirus infections?

Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria, not viruses. The new coronavirus is a virus, so the use of antibiotics cannot be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized because of a new coronavirus infection, the patient may be treated with antibiotics because they may be infected with bacteria at the same time.

Are there drugs specifically to prevent and treat new coronavirus infections?


So far, there are no drugs specifically used to prevent and treat new coronavirus infections. Some specific treatments are under study and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is working with partners to help accelerate research and development.


Does the new coronavirus only infect older people? Are young people also susceptible to infection?


People of all ages may be infected with the new coronavirus. People who are older and suffer from asthma, diabetes, heart disease and other diseases seem to be more likely to get the virus.


WHO recommends that people of all ages take measures to protect themselves from viral infections, such as maintaining good hand and respiratory hygiene habits.

Can pets spread new coronaviruses?


There is currently no evidence that pets such as dogs and cats are infected with the new coronavirus. However, after contact with pets, washing hands with soap and water is always beneficial, and can significantly reduce the spread of other common bacteria between pets and humans, such as E. coli and Salmonella.

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