The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic had overwhelmed the healthcare system and forced many patients to be treated at home with oxygen, antibiotics, and steroids, particularly during the second wave. There was increased misuse of antimicrobials in hospitals as well as unguarded self-prescription of these medications among the common people. We are likely to see an increase in the incidence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), change in the susceptibility pattern of the organisms causing community-acquired infections, and an increase in opportunistic bacterial, tubercular, viral, and fungal infections.
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