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Millions of Americans get sick each year from superbugs, so make sure your home is clean

The word “superbugs” sounds super scary, and the fear surrounding these is not unjustified. This term refers to bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics, meaning the drugs typically used to treat them no longer work on them.

Scientists believe that, unless proper action is taken, drug-resistant bacteria are expected to kill ten million people a year by 2050 — that’s one person dying every three seconds! As it stands, currently, about two million people become sick with a superbug every year, and of those, approximately 23,000 die from them. According to the CDC, misusing antibiotics is the greatest contributing factor towards making bacteria drug-resistant.

However, there are steps you can take to avoid these superbugs. Probably the most important is to make sure to complete the full course of any antibiotics prescribed to you. Other ways include washing your hands regularly and keeping your environment clean to prevent the spread of germs.