Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself

Antibiotics have no effect against a virus, but most of us have been prescribed antibiotics at some point for viral conditions such as cold symptoms or bronchial infections. While this practice may seem harmless, decades of overuse and misuse of antimicrobials have contributed to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), where microbes change over time and no longer …

Quick Facts: What You Need to Know About Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Reviewed by Dr. Elizabeth Asiago-Reddy Antimicrobials are drugs used to prevent and treat infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites found in humans, animals, and plants. Antimicrobials include antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and antiparasitics. They have saved millions of lives and are one of the most important medical discoveries in history. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs …