It is a truly harmful threat that anyone can have.
The danger we have here is the antibiotic resistant bacteria - the nightmare of humans.
Perhaps one of us used to have to use antibiotics - to treat sore throats, for example, ear infections. However, it is the habit of abusing antibiotics, considering it as a panacea, accidentally forming a nightmare for humans.
"When you have antibiotic resistance to a common infection, that's a big problem. For one thing, people are still too indifferent to them" - Dr. Colin Broom, CEO of Nabriva Therapeutics - one Big US biotech company said.
This indifference, according to Broom, comes from the fact that there are still too many people who are unaware of the harmful effects of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are expected to kill 10 million people every year by 2050. Meanwhile, the production of new drugs has many limitations.
Many pharmaceutical companies have stopped producing new antibiotics, especially with diseases that are already widespread. Moreover, the drugs being developed must overcome many barriers to appear in the market.
Like climate change, human awareness of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is similar. Broom thinks people are misunderstanding and underestimating them. Simply because everyone thinks they cannot easily get sick, especially when these people rarely take antibiotics.
However, it is a misconception. According to a 2015 survey from WHO, 76% of participants said that resistant bacteria will appear when the body also begins to resist the drug. But in fact, resistant bacteria are not dependent on you, but also by the surrounding community. If you are not careful, you may be able to catch the bacteria from others.
"This is the key," said Dr. Elyse Seltzer, Nabriva's medical director. "Obviously, people need to be aware that we need new drugs more than ever."