• Question: how long will it take for modern day antibiotics to become ineffective against modern day viruses

    Asked by LewLew_Greeny to Rosie, Kevin, Beccy on 20 Jun 2017.
    • Photo: Rosie Fok

      Rosie Fok answered on 20 Jun 2017:

      Antibiotics do not work against viruses (modern or otherwise). They are active against bacteria.

      There are anti-viral medications. The viruses that these can treat can develop resistance to them during use.

    • Photo: Kevin Pollock

      Kevin Pollock answered on 21 Jun 2017:

      Antibiotics only work against bacteria – antivirals are used against viruses but aren’t particularly effective.