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How much do you know about antibiotics?

Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, take this quiz and find out just how much you know about antibiotics!

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    Superbugs (Bacteria that have extreme resistance to antibiotics) are killing more than 700,000 people each year, and If we don’t find new antibiotics they will become a leading cause of death worldwide by 2050, killing more people than cancer and diabetes combined.
    • A.
      A. True
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Antibiotic resistance is on the rise and the rates of people dying due to resistant bacteria is increasing unless new antibiotics are discovered!
    • B.
      B. False
  • 2.
    Antibiotics can be used for viral infections such as the flu or the common cold.
    • A.
      A. True
    • B.
      B. False
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Antibiotics only target bacteria, not viruses. Therefore, taking antibiotics for viral infections such as the flu and common cold is not effective and can contribute to antibiotic resistance among bacteria. Think twice before taking that antibiotic next time you've got the flu!
  • 3.
    Antibiotics help reduce diseases in seafood (such as shrimp or fish) that is a financial benefit for farmers. Therefore we should encourage the use of antibiotic in aquaculture.
    • A.
      A. True
    • B.
      B. False
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Increasing. the usage of antibiotics in aquaculture still contributes to the increase in resistance which is the overall problem.
  • 4.
    It is okay to not take a the full dosage of antibiotics prescribed to you as long as you are feeling better.
    • A.
      A. True
    • B.
      B. False
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: To make sure the bacteria is completely gone it is best to take the total prescribed quantity. Some bacteria may still be present and if not taken care of they may accumulate to further cause symptoms.
  • 5.
    Antibiotics are produced by microorganisms, such as fungi, in either soil or damp environments.
    • A.
      A. True
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Antibiotic producers can be found everywhere.
    • B.
      B. False
  • 6.
    Some Antibiotics are more effective at killing virus than at killing fungi. Amycomicin and vancomycin are good examples of broad spectrum antibiotics that inhibit retrovirus infections.
    • A.
      A. True
    • B.
      B. False
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Antibiotics are much more effective at killing bacteria than viruses. Virus envelopes are similar to host cell envelopes which makes it harder for the antibiotics to target.
  • 7.
    When an antibiotic doesn’t work, infections can last longer and can possibly lead to severe illnesses.
    • A.
      A.True
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Bacterial infections if not treated can infect various parts of the body and lead to death.
    • B.
      B. False
  • 8.
    My friends was sick and went to the doctor. She took the antibiotics that was prescribed to her and felt better. I started to experience similar symptoms like she did so it’s okay for me to take her leftover antibiotics. 
    • A.
      A.True
    • B.
      B.False
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Different bacteria can cause similar symptoms in different people. Antibiotics may work for one individual because the bacteria is susceptible but for another individual the bacteria causing the infection may be resistant. It is also important to take the full recommended dosage to make sure to kill the bacteria completely. Not just the left overs.
  • 9.
    Hospital sewer system can accelerate antibiotic resistance rate if not treated properly because bacteria can encounter antimicrobial drugs excreted by patients and become resistant.  
    • A.
      A. True
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Bacteria can mutate randomly but also in response to the environment to become resistant. The more they interact with antimicrobial drugs in sewer systems the higher the chance they will mutate and become resistant.
    • B.
      B. False
  • 10.
    Antibiotics may have no effect on bacterial genes that have mutations protecting themselves against the antibiotic.
    • A.
      A. True
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: This is the reason some bacterial infections are deadly. They are resistant to antibiotics and thus there is nothing out there to kill them.
    • B.
      B. False
  • 11.
    It is ok for me to take antibiotics so I don’t get more sick anytime I have symptoms like a runny nose, sore throat, or fever. 
    • A.
      A. True
    • B.
      B. False
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Some bacterial infections (like strep throat) have similar to symptoms to common viral diseases like the common cold or influenza. Having these symptoms do not entail you have a bacterial infection. Exposure to antibiotics can cause antibiotic resistance, so use them only when absolutely necessary.
  • 12.
    Antibiotic and antibacterial mean the same thing
    • A.
      A. True
    • B.
      B. False
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: False: antibiotics can include bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. not all antibacterial products contain antibiotics.
  • 13.
    The use of regular hand soap and water would be good enough to get rid of germs from your hand. 
    • A.
      A. True
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Using antibiotic laced hand soap would create resistance in bacteria, while regular hand soap or alcohol-based hand soap would be good enough to get rid of germs without creating superbugs.
    • B.
      B. False
  • 14.
    Antibiotic Resistance is when human bodies become resistant to an antibiotics and is no longer effective in treating them. 
    • A.
      A. True
    • B.
      B. False
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Antibiotics target bacteria by inhibiting them from growing and help individuals fight infections. Humans don’t develop a resistance to these drugs but the bacteria. They become resistance through genetic mutations which allows them to resist the effects of antibiotics.
  • 15.
    The use of efflux pumps embedded in the Peptidoglycan layer of antimicrobial resistant organisms is a common method of inactivation in gram negative bacteria.
    • A.
      A. True
    • B.
      B. False
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Although efflux pumps are a common method of antimicrobial inactivation, a peptidoglycan layer is reserved only for gram-positive bacteria. Thus, the answer to this question is false
  • 16.
    I am having a strep throat due to bacterial infection and decided to take a large amount of amoxicillin in hope of speed recovery. This antibiotics should do no harm to my good gut bacteria.  
    • A.
      A. True
    • B.
      B. False
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Taking unnecessary amount of antibiotics can slowly destroy your digestive system. Every time you take antibiotics, beneficial bacteria in your gut is killed which gives space for yeast to thrive. When yeast overgrows the good bacteria, you will experience several stomach problems like diarrhea (a common side effect of antibiotics)
  • 17.
    All bacterial infections require an immediate doctor visit to receive prescribed antibiotics for prompt treatment. 
    • A.
      A. True
    • B.
      B. False
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: All bacterial infections are commonly believed to be effectively treated by antibiotics, but there are some that your immune system is able to fight on its own. Antibiotics speed up the process of killing harmful bacteria plus good bacteria in your body; therefore, wait to take antibiotics when your body is no longer adequate to destroy them by itself.
  • 18.
    The antibiotic resistance is becoming an issue in the U.S. healthcare system recently because antibiotic-resistant bacteria generate $16.6 billion to $26 billion per year in extra costs to the U.S. healthcare system. 
    • A.
      A. True
      (Correct Answer)
    • B.
      B. False

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