3 Key Messages

  1. Handwashing is the best way to stop the spread of infections.
  2. Not all bugs are created equal. Both bacteria and viruses cause infections but antibiotics only work against bacteria.
  3. Use antibiotics wisely to stop bacteria from becoming resistant to antibiotics.

Tip of the Week #31

Bacteria are complex living organisms that digest nutrients, divide and multiply. Antibiotics work by attacking these life processes. Viruses are much simpler and do not carry out life processes on their own. Because they are simpler, viruses do not have targets that antibiotics can attack. That is why antibiotics work against bacteria, but not against viruses.

Guide to Wise Use of Antibiotics

Prevention and Treatment of Respiratory Tract Infections

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