Antibiotics and antivirals

by

More and more often these days, I come across articles about new anti-viral drugs that look really promising. Further, I’m sure we’ve all read or heard about the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance—strains of bacteria who acquire the ability to survive treatment with antibiotics which would otherwise kill the bacteria and cure the patient.

Since the discovery of antibiotics, bacterial infections have been relatively easy to treat, whereas viral infections have been something that can’t be treated directly. The treatment for a bacterial infection is penicillin, but the treatment for the common cold is bed-rest.

What I find interesting about these developments is that we may be entering an age where this is reversed: Bacterial infections may become difficult or impossible to treat directly, while viral infections can be simply and easily cured with drugs.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-2590,
    title = {Antibiotics and antivirals},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-12-22,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/12/22/antibiotics-and-antivirals/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Antibiotics and antivirals" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 22 Dec 2011. Web. 22 Mar 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/12/22/antibiotics-and-antivirals/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Dec 22). Antibiotics and antivirals [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/12/22/antibiotics-and-antivirals/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Search

Tag bag

Recent comments

Old posts

All content © Benjamin Carlisle