In the most bizarre news story of at least the last 15 minutes (hey, it's still 2020 after all) we find that Covid-19 is being blamed for a particularly nasty strain of "the clap:" gonorrhea. The New York Post covers the story, H/T to Twitchy by way of PJ Media.
The unnecessary overuse of antibiotics during the coronavirus pandemic has created a rise in drug-resistant strains of super gonorrhea, according to a new report.Covid-19: is there nothing it can't do?
Azithromycin, a common antibiotic used to treat chest and sinus infections, has been used during the pandemic to prevent co-infection of hospitalized coronavirus patients and to treat inflammatory symptoms of severe infections.
“Overuse of antibiotics in the community can fuel the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhea,” a WHO spokesman told the outlet, noting that azithromycin was used for COVID-19 treatment earlier in the pandemic.
I have lots of issues with this story. The big summary is that it's just more fear mongering. There is not one study cited to justify the claim, not even the associational "he who" studies that are the bulk of all the junk science in the press. They didn't say anything like Covid patients treated with azithromycin were more likely to have antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, and at least that makes some sense. They presented no data whatsoever, except that there's more of this "super gonorrhea." So frickin' what? There could be reasons not even remotely related to using antibiotics to treat Covid-19. Don't forget, there's this thing called coincidence, too.
Besides, think of a Venn diagram of the sets of people who are fooling around with anyone they can find regardless of how sick they are and the set of people who are being treated for Covid. How big do you think the intersection of those sets is? Who do you think comprises that intersection? As a rough guess I'd say there aren't many 80 year old nymphomaniacs in nursing homes. I can't say for sure, but I bet if an ICU nurse walked in on a patient hooked up to a ventilator having sex with anyone, that would be the stuff of legends in that hospital.
(iStockphoto of a petri dish culture of something or other, used by the NY Post. You know they meant to use a scary looking picture for their scary junk article. Judging by the accuracy of the rest of the article, this is probably a cell culture of cucumbers)
There. I saved you the time of reading this so I could make fun of the study. Just doing my part to be a full service blog.