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Antimicrobial resistance in patients with COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis


Frequent use of antibiotics in patients with COVID-19 has the potential to worsen antimicrobial resistance. A systematic review of 148 studies of 362,976 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patients found that among those with bacterial co-infections, the proportion of infections resistant to antimicrobials was 60.8%. Emerging evidence suggests that surges in COVID-19-related hospital admissions are associated with an increase in antibiotic-resistant infections.


Bradley J. Langford, PharmD, Pharmacist Specialist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, Public Health Ontario, Assistant Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Canada

Miranda So, PharmD, MPH, Program Lead & Research Director, SH-UHN Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, Assistant Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Canada


Read the complete article at The Lancet Microbe.

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The Lancet Microbe
January 31, 2023