As this is a time of year that brings people together in families, small and large groups, old friends and sometimes enemies, it is also the time to exchange bugs. In how many years did our increased seasonal social life result in this cold or that or worse?
If you feel like staying at home and not doing much there are now good reasons for doing this. It is that a lot of bugs, bacteria, have become resistant to medication notably antibiotics.
The media has mentioned this albeit in a random, not very well informed way. But if you are interested a long in depth article in Reuters picked up from Automatic Earth explains the situation. It takes time to read and absorb.
Losing the war on bugs is here. The problems are not just the bugs, or the medication that no longer works or the science. It is also the economics and the business models involved in making new drugs to counter the new bugs.
And the law, the USA Supreme and Federal Courts being keen on defending our interests are creating a situation where it no longer pays to research, produce and market the antibiotic drugs that will be needed.
Excuse me, I need to go to the bathroom.