The last time I needed antibiotics, I toughed it out for days before seeing a doctor, by which point my pain had gotten so bad I couldn’t sleep through the night. The reason? I didn’t want to be a vector for the next superbug. By the time I did get medical help, the doctor reassured me in the worst way possible: “Honey, it’s too late for that,” she said. “You are not going to be the reason for the next superbug.”
The cause of the next superbug will probably not be a single individual trying desperately to avoid that outcome. It’ll be our whole antibiotic-loving healthcare system: According to a new report, around 30% of antibiotics prescribed are actually unnecessary and just make the whole situation worse.