I've been intrigued by this for a while, I've read from many sources that eventually antibiotics will probably stop working. Is that a valid assumption? I'm talking medium to long term here, 10-200 years. I'll stop caring after I'm dead of course, but it will be someone elses problem.jacob wrote: ↑Fri May 31, 2019 8:55 amRecall that antibiotics have only been in general use since the 1940s (when the human population---and presumably correspondingly the livestock population----was 3x smaller than it is today at almost 8 billion). This has allowed us to move the "balance of power" far in our favor. Certainly it is not against the laws of physics that it could/would snap back as fast or faster than it moved in our favor. It's somewhat tragic that humans are using antibiotics to boost yields (both animals and pesticides/fungicides for plants) rather than keeping them in reserve for last-stands. However, this is not much different than how we're burn oil for transportation and heating instead of reserving it for the far more valuable role as chemical feedstock.
Basically, the average/majority of humans are ridiculously short-sighted but will happily cook up self-serving stories/worldviews. The current use of antibiotics will be defended based on economic theory while people worrying about it will be called alarmists and those who make personal efforts will be made fun off for not eating bacon, etc.
If so, what lifestyle behaviors would one have to change to reduce risk in that scenario? Living in a high population area seems like a big problem.
I had also asked about this about a year ago, and was informed that medicine has advanced significantly, I guess my counterpoint to that would be that medical resources would be spread incredibly thin if there were ever a pandemic scenario, and advances in medicine probably wouldn't help you all that much.
Thoughts? Mostly I'm interested in behavior changes. The ones that spring to my mind the fastest are homeschooling my kid, and trying to insulate myself from high population areas. Seeing as my wife would think that's crazy talk, I'd either need to convince her to go on an extended vacation if bad things happened, or figure out how to reduce exposure while living in a high population area.
If there were a pandemic, and medical resources were overwhelmed, I suppose one ought to know how to provide self care at home?
Is it correct to say that infections in a non pandemic/medical resources overwhelmed scenario, are not something to worry about given that you check yourself into a hospital quickly? I wonder what the mortality rate on a random infection would be, like a paper cut, etc without antibiotics.