The Real Risk of Pandemic
A century ago, the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 took as many as 675,000 lives in this country and more than 50 million worldwide—killing nearly 1 out of 20 people.
Today, even in spite of our major medical advancements, we face the prospect of another pandemic, one that poses the greatest risk of massive casualty in the United States. The scope of the danger is breathtaking: Bill Gates, citing epidemiologists, has warned of a “reasonable probability” of a pandemic killing more than 30 million people worldwide in the next two decades.
A tabletop exercise run at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in May 2018 simulated a global flu-like outbreak called Clade X and found that 150 million people (including 15 million in the US) would die in the first year alone.1
According to the CDC:
(1) 30% of the antibiotics prescribed in the hospital setting are either the wrong drugs or the wrong dosages
(2) 33% of the antibiotics prescribed in the outpatient setting are unnecessary
(3) 1:7 chance of patients acquiring a superbug infection during short-term hospitalization; 1:4 chance during a long-term stay.
New SUPERBUG infection every 18 minutes
Recently, microbiologist Dr. Ho Pak-leung reported on the rate of superbug infection at Hong Kong public hospitals—citing a new case every 18 minutes. The statistics showed an overall 15% increase in three major types of Superbug infection from 2011.2
Working toward a solution
The emergence of Superbugs is a real threat to global healthcare. And we cannot manage our way out of this crisis using outdated, ineffective technology and techniques.
VolenteDx uses the most advanced molecular-based microbial technology platform to provide physicians with rapid, precise, and effective identification, as well as actionable treatment guidance to improve outcomes.
As our world and the life it supports continue to evolve, bacteria and viruses will continue to develop antimicrobial resistance in order to survive. We are determined to help healthcare evolve to meet this threat, working together for the responsible use of lifesaving antibiotics.