How can we prevent antibiotic resistance as an individual?

Antibiotic resistance is spreading dangerously at high levels in some countries, including Vietnam. Anyone affected by this phenomenon would suffer a long-duration illness, expensive alternative treatments, and even be in danger in some cases. So, why does antibiotic resistance occur? What can we do to prevent it? Pacific Cross Vietnam gives you the answers below.


What is antibiotic resistance?

As we all know, antibiotics are a type of drug used to treat and prevent bacterial infections. Under its effect, bacteria die, but some can resist. They reproduce and pass their genes on to their offspring over time.

Antibiotic resistance occurs when the resistant bacteria can bypass the drug effects, resulting in hard-to-treat bacterial infection. If you have antibiotic resistance, it does not mean that you are unaffected by all antibiotics but specific ones.

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria reproduce and pass their genes on to their offspring over time


Its impacts

Antibiotic resistance is supposed to be a global threat, not only because of difficulty in treatment but its quick spread. In the United States, this phenomenon leads to more than 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths each year (according to CDC’s report in 2019). While in Vietnam, people have recently witnessed an increasing threat.

From a healthcare perspective, antibiotic resistance threatens the advancement of modern medicine. Surgery, such as organ transplantation, chemotherapy, and cesarean section, becomes even more dangerous without effective antibiotics to prevent and treat the infection.

From an individual perspective, this phenomenon can put patients in a difficult situation because of expensive medical costs, prolonged hospital stay, and high mortality risk. The problem is that when drug resistance happens, patients don’t know until they treat the infection.


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Antibiotic resistance can put patients in a difficult situation

Why antibiotics resistance occurs

Although antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in medication and agriculture are considered the accelerating factors. Specifically, agriculture – the largest consumer of antibiotics – uses these drugs not only to treat infections but to stimulate the growth of food animals. The resistant bacteria from animals can be transmitted to humans via food. Meanwhile, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are easy to spread if there is a lack of hygiene and sanitation. They can enter your body through a cut on your skin, in the air when a person near you sneezes or coughs, by sharing food with an infected person, etc.


How to prevent antibiotics resistance

By reading this blog, you are making the first step to help reduce the risk of getting antibiotic resistance. Although antibiotics are powerful, they are designed for certain infections, not for all. To protect yourself against this phenomenon, you can take these tips:

  • Only use antibiotics prescribed by doctors (no self-medication)
  • Complete antibiotic course even if you feel recovered
  • Do not use leftover antibiotics or share them with anyone
  • Wash hands regularly, avoid close contact with sick people
  • Prepare food hygienically, following the WHO Five Keys to Safer Food (keep clean, separate raw and cooked, cook thoroughly, keep food at safe temperatures, use safe water and raw materials) and choose foods that have been produced without the use of antibiotics for growth promotion or disease prevention in healthy animals).

Protecting yourself is protecting your loved ones and helping save the world from the antibiotic resistance crisis.

In short, we cannot deny that antibiotics have been the most effective life-saving drugs. But think again before considering it a panacea for all ailments!

If you care about your health, you can considering Pacific Cross Vietnam. We are a specialist provider of global health and travel insurances, designed to provide not just basic health cover, but also a wide range of benefits providing peace of mind for you, your family, and your employees.



Live with uncertainty: Safety tips for post-pandemic travel

It won’t be long before we ask how to stay safe in post-pandemic travel.


COVID-19 forced changes in nearly every aspect of our life, from the personal to the professional. Travel & tourism – one of the largest industries in the world – has witnessed a devastating effect since flights were canceled, hotels were closed, and travel restrictions were put in place in virtually all countries across the globe.


Today, Vietnam and many South East Asia countries are entering the ‘new normal’ state, which means travel & tourism are ready to take off again. Travelers, many of whom have been confined to their homes for months, are itching to go on vacations. Plus, in business, employers are still tentative about asking employees to go on work trips. Accordingly, the desire to travel is stronger than ever.


Like many countries in the world, we have to live with uncertainty, and the question of how to stay safe in post-pandemic travel will be a matter of concern soon. Pacific Cross Vietnam gives you the answer below.

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The desire for post-pandemic travel is stronger than ever


Post-pandemic travel: should or shouldn’t?

Although some destinations in Vietnam are in the process of reopening, travel during this time is still a term of weighing between health risk and benefit. If you are prudent, the best advice is to avoid nonessential travel.

However, it’s fine if you want or need to travel, but be smart, be careful, and make sure you have already developed a game plan beforehand to keep yourself and those you love safe.


Prepare for post-pandemic travel

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Make sure you are fully vaccinated before post-pandemic travel


Prior to packing your bag for domestic tourism, keep in mind these tips to stay safe:

Before your trip:

  • Be fully vaccinated
  • Get tested 1-3 days before your trip if you feel like you may be COVID positive
  • Do research on the destination, see a map with COVID-19 risk assessment, find travel requirements, recommendations, and information by vaccination status for travelers
  • Prepare medical kits to manage urgent medical situations


During your trip:

  • Comply with the 5K message (in Vietnamese) Khau trang (facemask) – (Khu khuan) disinfection – (Khoang cach) distance – (Khong tu tap) no gathering – (Khai bao y te) health declaration
  • Avoid crowds


After your trip:

  • Watch for any symptoms of COVID-19, isolate and get tested if you develop any.


Travel insurance – one of the best tips

Besides health risks, travelers may face trip cancellations, quarantines, border closures, and more during the pandemic. These things could immediately upset the apple cart and put you in a terrible dilemma. The ideal solution for this problem is travel insurance which provides financial protection if you face certain problems when you’re traveling. It covers a range of possibilities, from lost luggage to the cost of medical care if you become ill or canceling, delaying, or cutting your trip short.


Travel insurance from Pacific Cross Vietnam

If you are looking for an insurance company to put your trust in, you can consider Pacific Cross Vietnam. Whether on a business trip or traveling for pleasure, Pacific Cross Travel Insurance provides peace of mind while you are away from home. Pacific Cross Vietnam brings over 60 years of experience to the health insurance and travel insurance industry in Vietnam. We are a leading Medical Insurance Administrator specializing in Health insurance and Travel insurance for people living and working in Asia.


We hope these tips for post-pandemic travel will help you and your family stay safe and healthy.


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