How scientists propose to fight drug-resistant bacteria, give antibiotics a miss

An estimated over 1.2 million people died due to drug-resistant bacterial infections in 2019 – the toll far exceeding those due to HIV or malaria. Photos: Reuters

When antibiotics were introduced in the 1940s, they were considered a boon as they saved millions of lives from fatal infections like sepsis. However, antibiotics have been overused, misused, and even abused over the decades. The indiscriminate use has landed us on the brink of a silent pandemic: the bacteria have developed a resistance to the drugs, and several common bacterial infections like respiratory, gut, skin, and soft tissue infections and surgical and diabetic wound infections are not......