Antibiotics can’t cure flu, contrary to Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr.’s recent tweet.
Locsin, reacting to a World Health Organization’s advisory on antimicrobial resistance, tweeted Nov. 20:
But erythromycin works against the flu though Zitromax really kills it with 3 doses; essential to have it in your kit when traveling or your trip to an important conference is a total waste if you get the flu. Are these asseverations true?
The WHO advisory Locsin quoted is part of a thread on World Antibiotic Awareness Week. It states that ciprofloxacin and erythromycin are medications under the “WATCH” category. These should be used less to prevent antimicrobial resistance, a condition where bacteria adapt to antimicrobial (such as antibiotic and antiviral) medications and become harder to treat.
For most viral infections, treatments can only help with symptoms while you wait for your immune system to fight off the virus. Antibiotics do not work for viral infections... Vaccines can help prevent you from getting many viral diseases.
Netizens have called out Locsin’s claim.
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