Because 2020 isn’t over, yet … add Covid-related ‘super gonorrhea’ to your BINGO card

Considering that 2020 has given us the Chinese plague, lockdowns, power-drunk authority figures dictating what we can do inside our homes and rapidly aging Joe Biden, it’s only fitting that the year ends with “super gonorrhea” raging across the globe.

As if COVID-19 hasn’t already brought enough misery on the world, a mutant super gonorrhea is reportedly on the rise and the overuse of antibiotics during the pandemic may leave the highly infectious and drug-resistant bug untreatable, The Sun reported.

 

Gonorrhea is one of the oldest sexually transmitted infections, and there are over 90 million cases worldwide each year. And the numbers are growing by 17%, according to the U.K. newspaper. The majority of cases are in the African region, but infections are on an “alarming” upswing in the wester world, the article noted.

While the U.K. has the highest gonorrhea rate in Europe, The Sun said as many as five million people in the U.S. could be infected with gonorrhea in 10 years.

Equally fitting, the World Health Organization would pick up its coronavirus-related tattered reputation and comment on the perfect storm being created by the virus.

A WHO spokesperson told The Sun the “overuse of antibiotics in the community can fuel the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhea,”

“Azithromycin – a common antibiotic for treating respiratory infections – was used for Covid-19 treatment earlier in the epidemic,” the spokesperson explained. “During the pandemic, STI services have also been disrupted. This means more STI cases are not diagnosed properly with more people self-medicating as a result.”

“Such a situation can fuel emergence of resistance in gonorrhea including gonorrhea superbug (super gonorrhea) or gonorrhea with high level resistance to current antibiotics recommended to treat it,” the source said, adding, “Resistant strains in gonorrhoea continue to be a critical challenge to STI prevention and control efforts.”

The article cited a U.S. study to say 71% of coronavirus-infected patients were given antibiotics, while only 4% really needed them.

Here’s a sample of responses to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

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