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  • As the world deals with a pandemic, there remains another global challenge that cannot be ignored.
  • Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics may be justified as we are trying to treat a novel disease condition, which in turn could lead to an increase in antimicrobial resistance.
  • We can decrease morbidity, mortality, and health care costs by controlling antimicrobial resistance
  • but it requires antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Major components of effective and timely antimicrobial stewardship are diagnostic stewardship, infection prevention and control, and integration of COVID-19 specific flags into electronic health records
  • all of which may be integrated into current strategies of COVID-19 mitigation and management.
  • Going through the influenza season of 2020, implementation of antimicrobial stewardship education efforts in the United States can help us contend with influenza in addition to COVID-19.
  • Additional solutions include the development of vaccines, alternative therapies such as antibodies, and advanced diagnostics using advances in genomics and computer science.
  • AMS: antimicrobial stewardship
  • It is time to seriously think of AMS and revisit institutional policies as we head into COVID-19.
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