In this article, we will deal with the topic “antibiotics for coronavirus»: what they are, whether they help with coronavirus and pneumonia or not, what antibiotics are prescribed for coronavirus (list), why antibiotics are dangerous, etc.
What are antibiotics?
Antibiotics are drugs that are used to treat bacterial infections. At the same time, many antibiotics act only on certain bacteria, and are practically useless against others.
Antibiotics can either kill the bacteria or stop them from multiplying so that the human immune system can deal with them. The former include penicillins, cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, aminoglycosides, etc.; the latter include macrolides, tetracyclines, levomycetin, etc.
It is worth noting that improper use or use of antibiotics unnecessarily can harm the human body, but more on this later.
Antibiotics for coronavirus-do they help or not?
Antibiotics work against bacterial infections, but they don’t work against viral infections. Coronavirus is a viral infection. It seems to be simple, but many people believe that since they help with some infections, they will help with others. No, it’s not.
Antibiotics not only do not help against coronavirus, they are also not recommended for prevention. Some people drink them just like that, saying: “just in case, it won’t get any worse.” But it could be worse!
Why are antibiotics harmful?
There are several reasons why antibiotics should only be taken when needed:
- Many people stop taking antibiotics after they feel better. You can’t do this – you need to drink the course completely. If harmful microorganisms remain in the body, they can become resistant to antibiotics, and it will be much more difficult to get rid of them next time. And since the bacterial infection is transmitted, you can grow superbugs.
- Antibiotics destroy bacteria. Narrow-spectrum antibiotics destroy certain types of bacteria, and broad-spectrum antibiotics destroy almost everything. But in the human body there are also useful bacteria, the disappearance of which can cause dysbiosis (which is why Linex is often prescribed for antibiotics). How do antibiotics distinguish good bacteria from bad? No way! They destroy all the bacteria in their profile, and broad-spectrum antibiotics-almost everything.
How are antibiotics prescribed for coronavirus and why?
We have already dealt with the fact that antibiotics do not help with coronavirus. But sometimes they are still assigned. Why?
This happens in two cases:
- The exact pathogen that caused the disease is unknown. That is, it is not a fact that it is a coronavirus, and there is a solid probability that it is still a bacterial infection.
- The virus weakens the body so that a person can get a bacterial infection. And, for example, in a hospital, it’s easy to do this.
A number of coronavirus treatment regimens contain macrolides-antibiotics that do not kill bacteria, but stop them from multiplying. These drugs are also among the least toxic antibiotics. Macrolides help to avoid catching a bacterial infection, especially when it comes to hospital treatment. It is unlikely that someone will want to defeat a dangerous viral infection and die from a secondary bacterial infection. But you need to fight it on time and under control, and not “throwing” all the available pills in a row.
Table from Wikipedia. Remember that you do not need to prescribe antibiotics yourself. List of macrolides:
Also on the site proslo.ru there is a separate article about azithromycin (macrolide) in coronavirus with quotes from various sources, you can read it here.