How Has The COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Stewardship Efforts and Antibiotic Use?

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Diagnostics are playing a crucial role in antimicrobial stewardship throughout the pandemic by facilitating a quick diagnosis of COVID-19 and identifying if there is also a bacterial co-infection. Focus must be placed on stopping inappropriate use of antibiotics. While cases of COVID-19 are continuing to follow an uncharted path in the US, there is still hope that data will aid in promoting ongoing stewardship initiatives. As hospitals begin to catch their breath, health professionals can analyze data collected throughout the pandemic and assess antibiotic usage, bacterial or fungal co-infections, and co-infection risk factors. Addressing antimicrobial resistance concerns now can help better prepare hospitals for the unknown future.

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