As humans, we've discovered a zillion fun ways to wipe out our species. Whether it's nuclear annihilation, catastrophic global warming, dudes in clown outfits scaring people for YouTube, or any of the other nonsense we do, now we can add a newer and more quiet armageddon. It turns out all those overprescribed antibiotics are creating new and scary super viruses that can wipe us all out and we're so far unable to fight them.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, the UK's Chief Medical Officer, has warned that without swift global action we could see the "end of modern medicine."
Currently, in America alone, at least 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result, according to the Center for Disease Control. Globally this number is around 700,000. Prof Davies, speaking ahead of a global meeting of health chiefs to reveal a new project mapping the spread of death and disease from drug-resistant superbugs, warned that over the next 30 years this could increase to over 10 million, as more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.
So keep an eye on that cough, everyone! And maybe don't actually request antibiotics for mild colds.