What Would Happen in a World WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS

What Would Happen in a World WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS

10 Ways the World Will Change Without Antibiotics 10. Couldn’t Treat Infectious Disease Easily, the biggest problem with antibiotics
losing their effectiveness, which ultimately affects the rest of the items on this list,
is that we wouldn’t be able to treat bacterial infections and diseases. For example, one of the deadliest diseases
that antibiotics fight is pneumonia. Before the discovery of penicillin, 30 percent
of pneumonia cases were fatal; whereas today, it’s only 5 percent for mild pneumonia. Other common diseases that are cured and treated
by antibiotics include meningitis, tuberculosis, Lyme disease, Strep throat, staph infections,
and ear infections, just to name a few. While not all of these are deadly, without
treatment, they can have long lasting or permanent effects on someone. Also, with antibiotics, people are usually
better within days or weeks or taking them. However, without them, it will take people
much longer to get healthy again. 9. Tattoos Will Become Less Popular Tattoos are pretty common in contemporary
society, but without antibiotics, their popularity is going to diminish quickly. While most of the time tattoos don’t get
infected, there is always a chance that an infection could happen. When infections do develop after a person
gets a tattoo, antibiotics are how they are treated. So if tattoos came with a greater risk of
getting an incurable infection, it might dissuade people from getting them because tattoo infections
are awful. If you don’t believe us, please feel free
to Google “tattoo infections,” but we hope you take our word for it when we say
they look painful and disgusting. What’s going to be a dilemma for people
who get infections is that they will either have to live with it, if they can, or their
limbs will have to be amputated and then they will have to hope that the stump doesn’t
get infected. So, what we’re saying is that you probably
don’t want to tattoo your face or chest in a world without antibiotics. 8. Rates of Cosmetic Surgery Will Decrease Without antibiotics, cosmetic surgery, like
breast enhancement surgery, will be a very risky procedure to undergo because infections
are common after them. For example, after a breast enhancement surgery,
2-4 percent of women get infections. This happens despite the fact that the patient
is given an antibiotic shot before the surgery, an antibiotic solution after the surgery,
and then the patient has to take antibiotic pills for a week or two. Antibiotics are just not used in breast enhancement,
they are common in most types of cosmetic surgery. This is one where we hope that the amount
of procedures will decrease, because hopefully people aren’t so vain that they’d risk
an incurable infection to artificially alter their looks. 7. Most People Will Have to Become Vegan A major problem is that humans aren’t the
only ones who use and rely on antibiotics. 15 to 17 million pounds of antibiotics are
used on livestock every year in America. They are used because animals for food production
are often housed in close quarters and an infection could be devastating in those types
of conditions. So the livestock is often given antibiotics
as a preventative measure. It also makes the livestock gain 3 percent
more weight, which means there is more meat per animal, ultimately making meat products
less expensive. However, without antibiotics, there would
be fewer animals and they would be smaller. This would make meat harder to get and much
more expensive. However, cost and access aren’t the biggest
problem when it comes to antibiotics and food production. Without antibiotics, the livestock could get
bacterial diseases, like salmonella, which can be passed on to humans from eating infected
animal meat. So not only will meat be rarer and more expensive,
it will also be much more dangerous to eat. The lack of meat won’t lead to worldwide
starvation, but there would be an immediate strain on non-meat food production and there
will be food shortages in many places when it first happens. However, in the long term, more people will
have to switch over to veganism, because plants will be the safest food to eat. So hopefully you like chickpeas and tofu! 6. Cancer Treatment Would Stop In a world where antibiotics are no longer
useful, cancer will be a much more serious problem. Three of the most common ways to treat cancer
are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. The problem is that all of these treatments
can often lead to infections. For example, any incision on the skin could
lead to an infection, while chemotherapy and radiotherapy decreases the amount of white
blood cells, leading to an increased chance of infection. In order to prevent an infection, or treat
one if it develops, antibiotics are often given before, during and after cancer treatments. Sadly, without a way to battle these infections,
people who get cancer will be given the choice of not seeking traditional treatment or get
the treatment and face the very serious risk of getting an incurable infection. 5. No More Major Surgery or Organ Transplants Without antibiotics, many surgeries, especially
open cavity surgeries, wouldn’t be worth the risk. This means that lifesaving procedures like
heart surgery will become a thing of the past. Transplants of any kind will also be impossible
and anyone who has received a transplant will have it fail without antibiotics. The reason that transplants won’t work in
a post-antibiotic world is because the immune system wants to attack the transplant. So a person with a transplant needs to take
antibiotics for the rest of their life, or their body will reject their transplant. The inability to perform safe surgeries and
transplants will send a ripple effect through the medical world and many diseases that are
treated and/or cured by surgery or transplants will be much more dangerous. 4. Accidents Could be Death Sentences The human body is pretty resilient, but it
is no match for bacteria and the infections it causes. For example, you can get a horrible infection
from something as tame as a bite from a domestic house cat. While the infection happens because a cat’s
mouth is full of bacteria, infections also happen to cuts and abrasions that aren’t
caused by animal bites. If you have a large cut, or multiple cuts,
it leads to a greater chance of infection. This means, that in a world without any antibiotics,
serious accidents such as car crashes, workplace accidents, injuries due to crime, and any
other injuries that are serious or life threatening with antibiotics would be nearly fatal all
the time without them. If they don’t die from their injuries, the
infection will kill them later. Of course, this will have far reaching consequences,
like road laws will change, and safety precautions will become much stricter. Children will also be severely restricted
because common everyday childhood accidents, like playground equipment accidents or a fall
from a tree could be deadly. 3. Condom Sales Will Skyrocket If you are looking for a business to invest
in for the post-antibiotic world, we don’t recommend tattoo parlors or cosmetic surgery
offices, but we do recommend investing in condom companies. That’s because some sexually transmitted
diseases that are curable today by antibiotics are going to become more serious and deadly
without them. Just some of the STDs that are treated with
antibiotics are gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. However, without antibiotics, these diseases
would stay with the infected for the rest of their lives. In fact, there is already an antibiotic resistant
gonorrhea called HO41. It was first discovered in 2011, in the blood
of a Japanese sex worker who was screened in 2009. The executive director of the National Coalition
of STD Directors said that HO41 could be more dangerous than AIDs. Someone who catches an advanced strain of
HO41 could go into septic shock and die within days. However, there have been no reported deaths
from HO41 yet. As for the other sexually transmitted diseases
treated by antibiotics, they have long term effects if they go untreated. If syphilis isn’t treated, then decades
later, the infected could suffer paralysis, dementia, and death. As for Chlamydia, left untreated, it can wreak
havoc on a woman’s reproduction organs and make her infertile. Without antibiotics, these diseases won’t
be cured, which means more people are likely to be infected with the superbugs. So hopefully as the risk goes up, the rates
of condom use will go up as well. 2. Child Birth Will Become Much More Dangerous Before penicillin was discovered, 500 out
of every 100,000 women died as a result of childbirth. Which may not sound like a lot, but in 2015
in the United States, the maternal mortality rate was 12 deaths for every 100,000 births. That’s a huge jump. Due to the increase of danger when it comes
to child delivery, it would be understandable if women chose not to have children, or have
fewer children. This would decrease birth rates, and the death
rate will increase among women. As a result, the population growth will drop
dramatically as well. 1. Economic Collapse As you probably realized, not having antibiotics
is going to have a massive impact on humans. It’s even going to severely impact those
who don’t get sick because the economy will collapse and millions of people will go into
poverty. According to the World Bank, just based on
the rise of the superbugs, 28 million people will fall into poverty. The GDP of the world could drop by 3.4 percent;
which is on par as the 2008 financial crisis. This is pretty bad news, but we want to point
out these projections are not based on the elimination of antibiotics, instead, they
are just based on the economic effect of the superbugs. Without antibiotics, the economy is going
to be much worse. Why mass sickness is so devastating to the
economy is that there will be less people working and contributing to the economy. Instead, people will be on long medical leaves,
either at home or at a hospital. The millions of people who will be sick will
also add an incredible amount of stress that will to the healthcare system, which is already
fairly expensive. Essentially, there will be less people contributing
to the system, but so many more taking from it. Obviously, that can only last for so long
and economies around the world will crumble. Unfortunately, hospitals around the world
are already dealing with superbugs. In Canada, one in every 12 adult patients
is infected with a superbug. In the U.S., every year, 2 million people
are diagnosed with an antibiotic resistant infection, leading to 23,000 deaths. Health care professionals say that this is
just the beginning and by 2050, superbugs will kill more people than cancer.


49 thoughts on “What Would Happen in a World WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS”

  • Sammy Potatosalad says:

    So… population decrease, less skanks having spontaneous sex, and no more idiots wasting money on tattoos? Who cares if I die from a papercut, no antibiotics seems great!

  • Why do you have to cover a nipple with a black square? I would guess that 99.99999998% of us know what a nipple is, so why not leave it alone? Us men are not about to rush off to masturbate after looking at a woman's breasts. Why don't you just dump this Victorian PC rubbish and be natural? We are grown-ups.

  • Hoàng Trần Minh says:

    am i a lucky one? because i once got a cut super deep into my foot (treadmill accident), tore off a ton of skin and just used a crapton of bandages. not a single infection happened.

  • Keith Hoffmaster says:

    For organ transplants, you don't take antibiotics to stop the body from attacking the transplant, you take immuno-suppressant drugs to do that. You take the antibiotics to help compensate for your now-crippled immune system. Unfortunately this won't do much if you get a viral, fungal, or parasitic infection, but there are anti- drugs to help with that too. However, those tend to be a bit more targeted and narrow in scope as to what they will affect (for example Daraprim for Toxoplasmosis). Antibiotics (like penicillin) are generally more broad.

  • without antibiotics we would, kill a bird then sprinkle the blood on another bird and rub it on your skin and that would cure leprosy.      we would get the priest to cast out demons and that would cure everything else, at least its what I saw on a Christian tv channel…

  • There's one huge point you are forgetting – Humans are evolutionary creatures. Adaption to harsh conditions is par for the course.
    In this day and age we rely far too greatly on our technology and medical science, thus when we actually do become stricken, it's devastating. In a world without autobiotics the human body would evolve over one or two generations and we would be able to combat infections far more effeciently.
    That bit about economic collapse though, I never actually considered that. So thanks for the mind food on that one.

  • Unless I'm mistaken, excessive use of antibiotics in livestock increases the risk of resistant bacteria in meat products.

  • well, if we just don't use them so much, we can slow this process effectively down. abstinence from things that we wouldn't be able to do in a post-antibiotic world may help. and condoms of course.
    just eat somewhat less flesh (yeah, im going for that term instead of meat. in my language, we don't even use different words), don't do useless, stupid things you hope to boost your self-confidence with.

  • Jennifer Wilson says:

    Transplant patients take antibiotics to replace their own immune systems, which are suppressed with corticosteroids and other immunosuppressants to prevent rejection. Also, humans ate meat, got tattoos, had surgery, etc. for millennia before the discovery of antisepsis, let alone before penicillin. Similarly, it was the discovery of antisepsis that made surgery much more viable and widespread. Injured people also survive without antibiotics if they simply douse the wound in antiseptic – alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, etc. And chemotherapy for cancer is headed toward genetic manipulation of the immune system rather than immune suppression. And did you have to show images of African children when talking about global economic collapse?

  • Antibiotics are overestimated.
    I had them just once and even in this was wrongly used (in that time plastic pills were strange in here), so they were with no effect anyway.

  • When I received a multi-organ transplant I was on antibiotics for the first month. This was because I had 1) open body cavity surgery and 2) as you have the transplant, they IMMEDIATELY start the ammuno suppressants. They don't want a person on them all the time because if that patient gets sick, they need to be able to use a drug that they have not built up a tolerance to. That being said, I can't have my teeth cleaned without antibiotics now!

  • fastandeffective says:

    Long therapies with antibiotics increase all cause women's' mortality by 27%!

  • As a kid when I was playing around and got injured, there was no treatment , all there was to do is to rinse the wound with tap water cover it up with paper towel till it stop bleeding, and that was the end of it, no fancy visit to a doctor for no reason.

  • Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No! It's Superbug! Da da – da da – da da – da da – da da – da da – da … Superbug! Faster than a speeding bullet! Strong enough to bend steal in his bare hands. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! – It's Superbug! Arghrghlrgh!

  • Pretty sure tattoo's were popular before antibiotics, also tattoos are meant to form that scab layer, it's to prevent bacteria getting into the wound and causing an infection. EDIT: okay, people used to eat meat before antibiotics too and if anything children had more freedom before antibiotics, yep some people died from easily treated infections by modern standards, plenty didn't though. Most people's immune systems work, you can fight off an infection. It just takes longer so we use the pills and while there is a change in approach in the UK regarding this (it's now suggested you only go on antibiotics if you can't shake the infection), realistically it isn't human use of antibiotics that are causing the issue, it's livestock being given large doses 'just in case' that this the problem, this puts antibiotics in the food chain at every level, it's in water, plants & animals which means bacteria are getting exposed to antibiotics and evolving to be resistant.

  • Mr. Quercus Mischievous Wizard-Knight says:

    Mum said she didn’t have to go on a course of antibiotics when she had me 27 years ago nor when she had my brother one year after that! XD

  • Scout Öhrström says:

    #7 is comical. I tried being vegan for 2 years and constantly got sick and had to take antibiotics. Grass fed/animals fed their natural diet don’t need antibiotics hardly at all. For a herd of 200 1 animal may get sick a year. I’ve been on a carnivore diet now for a year and haven’t been so sick I needed antibiotics. So what #7 should be is factory farming would be impossible because that’s the reality.

  • Pizza goes splat says:

    Come on now I've NEVER had to take antibiotics from falling from a tree as a kid or slicing my had as a barman in my workplace.

  • is it just me that doesnt listen to the info in the videoes alot of the times i just listen to simons voice because its amazing? haha

  • re the child birth issue, better hygiene practices have also contributed to a lower mortality rate. The midwife I had with my 2nd pregnancy told me that there was a high mortality rate with childbirth due to doctors performing autopsies and then going to the birthing room without washing their hands!

  • just the tip? band says:

    dont need antibiotics in animals. ecoli n salmonella are killed by cooking it. you can heal infection without antibiotics. economic collapse? people dying would lower unemployment and welfare and create jobs to deal with the sic and dying.🤔🍻

  • Ehm… there is a lot of virus animations in this video. I mean I get that they look fun, but they really can NOT and will NOT be affected by antibiotics… The misinformation about the fact that antibiotics treat any and all infections are one of the reasons we have resistance.

  • Mandi Blackwell says:

    OK– if you have an organ transplant you are on immuno-suppressants for life, not antibiotics for life! I know this because my father gave my mother a kidney when I was a child, and I also have years of pharmacy experience, too… so I know this from being the daughter of a patient/donor and knowing about her meds and studying the pharmacology, too. Unfortunately my mother passed away in 2001 from pneumonia because of her depressed immune system, and it was a viral strain unfortunately. Many transplant patients are reliant on antibiotics, but as the years have progressed, so have the anti-rejection drugs/immuno-suppresants.
    Actually the immuno-suppressant drugs that are on the market today are a lot better and safer than the one that were on the market like say, 20 years ago, so people who need them for specifically organ transplants are in better hands and are at much lesser risks of infections today than 20 years ago thanks to better medications. True they are more susceptible to infections, but the medications on the market now are more targeted, so now more lives are being saved. My mother died but she was on what is now considered very old medication not considered to be very tailored specifically any longer… so she actually died from pnuemonia, because she had a kidney transplant. True we need to be less reliant on antibiotics, develop more, but immune system drugs, suppressors and support meds, are getting better each and every year. –Daughter and pharmacy worker.

  • Nikolaos Peterson says:

    FMT (Faecal Microbiota Transplant) involve inoculation by another person's microbiota and stimulates the body's own natural defence system, the antibiotics. Antibodies have a bio 'consciousness' thus can respond to the mutations that dead static antibiotics cannot keep pace with, This accounts for the increase of drug resistance to manmade antibiotics which are becoming more expensive and obsolete! FMT promote antibody resistance to new microbial infections (This is why currently FMT has been employed as the last resort for CD (Clostridium Difficile) nosocomial infections worldwide.– it is been proven to work!

  • Antibiotics are not given life ling to transplant patients neither are the immunesuppressive drugs . doctors usually give them initially for a period of time. then usually the immune system acclimatize to such an organ and so they do stop it , unless any complications arise.. Antibiotics are not given life long to transplant patients . They usually have antibiotics pre op and post op as any other surgery

  • Nikolaos Peterson says:

    The other side of the coin is too much reliance on antibiotics (hence many are becoming drug resistant). More emphasis should be placed on newer technologies such as FMT (faecal microbiota transplants) and allowing the body's natural antibody system to do its work. Unlike antibiotics which are created in laboratories and are dead static chemicals, antibodies are alive, they evolve and always for  the most part gain an upper hand to pathogens. They have a bio 'consciousness' and 'jnow' how to deal with invaders. I am not suggesting outlawing ALL antibiotics, however I am postulating a more balance involving antibodies rather than totally supplanting them with manmade chemicals. The common Measles are resistant after initial exposure presumably for life, and that is due to the body's own antibody resistance to the virus that causes measles).

  • I’m incredibly unsettled by the “will” instead of “would”. What do you know that we don’t, Simon?

  • So, you're saying that I'd have to give up my Sweet, Sweet Piggy Products? (building beacon to invite Grey probing vessels)

  • Chris Jacobsen says:

    The human race would actually get stronger instead of constantly protecting the weak we are the only animals species that does this on earth aka we are not from here. Survival of the fittest does not apply to us apparently. Why?

  • Mr. Quercus Mischievous Wizard-Knight says:

    Just like tattoos becoming less popular, same reason for getting earrings and other piercings! 😱😱😱 They’ll become less popular too! 😱😱😱

  • 1)It’s not just cosmetic surgeries that require antibiotics….. most (if not all) surgeries – minor or major – currently require the use of antibiotics in some form….

    2)Anyone watching this and reading this comment that are now getting worried what he said regarding cancer/most popular solutions to treat it – yes that is technically true…. However, if you look to more holistic/non pharmaceutical methods of treating Cancer, there are many, MANY options out there – including a diet rich in Vitamin B17 (before calling me out for BS! I suggest you go look it up!) – that can turn cancer cells into a dormant (sleeping) state or get rid of it completely….!

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