Currently we are battling COVID-19, but what will be the next pandemic we face and how can we combat it primitively? This past year has changed our lives in so many ways that now the question, “what will be the next global issue and how can we prevent it?”, is on everyone’s minds. An area of rising concern and a pandemic in itself is, Antimicrobial resistance (AMR). However, not many know about it..
So, what is AMR? AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. As a result, the medicines become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others. (World Health Organization) AMR occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process. It leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality.
Currently AMR global death rates are estimated to be 700,000 deaths per year. Societal and economical costs of antibiotic-resistant infections are currently estimated to be €1.5 billion per year in EU only.
But these numbers – global death rates and societal and economical costs – will only grow exponentially as bacteria grow more resistant to antibiotics and without any new medicine to replace them being developed. Mortalities from antimicrobial resistant infections will rise to 10 million per year by 2050, by comparison cancer currently causes 8.2 million deaths a year.
Chief Medical Officer of England, Dame Sally Davies, stated on AMR “Just as important and deadly as climate change and international terrorism!” Now that it is clear that AMR is the next global crisis to prepare for, one wonders – what can we do to prevent this issue from growing? Science must evolve past antibiotics and develop new treatments that the human body will not become immune to.
This objective is why Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL) is here to stay and grow in applications of use now and in the future.
HOCL is a highly oxidised, mildly acidic antimicrobial solution that produced in our own bodies when white blood cells attack pathogens. It is broad spectrum antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and has analgesic properties. Research and development should go into using this extraordinary acid in efforts to cure bacteria, viruses and more instead of relying on antibiotics.
Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, 2014