So it seems that all of the measures that are currently being taken in order to help control the effects of the coronavirus might actually be causing a new super strain of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea to emerge.
Well. That’s certainly going to put a damper on a lot of people’s extracurricular activities, isn’t it?
The overuse of antibiotics during the pandemic might render the sexually-transmitted infection (STI) more resistant to them, according to World Health Organization (WHO) medics who spoke to The Sun.
Gonorrhea, one of the world’s oldest STIs, infects more than 90 million people each year worldwide, and the rate is increasing by 17%.
Untreated, gonorrhea can lead to an exponential increase of HIV transmission, as well as eye infections that can cause blindness.
Many of the cases take place in Africa, according to the WHO, though cases have also been skyrocketing in other nations. According to the CDC, infections have increased 63% since 2014, and 5 million Americans could potentially have been infected during the past decade.
“Overuse of antibiotics in the community can fuel the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhea,” a WHO spokesman said to reporters at The Sun. “Azithromycin—a common antibiotic for treating respiratory infections—was used for COVID-19 treatment earlier in the epidemic.”
“During the pandemic, STI services have also been disrupted,” he went on to say. “This means more STI cases are not diagnosed properly with more people self-medicating as a result.”
“Such a situation can fuel emergence of resistance in gonorrhea including gonorrhea superbug or gonorrhea with high-level resistance to current antibiotics recommended to treat it,” he continued.
“Resistant strains in gonorrhea continue to be a critical challenge to STI prevention and control efforts,” the spokesman added.
You know what helps stop the spread of an illness like this? Not having sex with anything and everything that moves. Of course, liberals will say that controlling one’s sexual impulses is oppressive, so I guess it’s no wonder we are having this ridiculous problem right now.
We only have a few days of 2020 left. What else is going to be thrown our way? Any guesses?