Superbugs are a hot topic today. One infectious disease physician, Dr. Matt McCarthy, has some suggestions about reporting and how concerned we should be.
"I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but these microbes are in our homes, cars and grocery stores. One study found that even after the use of disinfectant, more than half of hospital rooms still contain a superbug. Nurses and doctors carry these things around, too. Roughly 5 percent of health care workers are colonized with MRSA, a bacterium that kills thousands of people in the United States every year, and another study found that 10 percent of patients entering a hospital had a multidrug-resistant species on their hands. You don’t want to know what’s hiding on a handkerchief.
Here’s the thing: You almost certainly don’t need to worry about any of this. Potentially deadly bacteria and fungi live harmlessly on our hands, feet, and faces, and may never cause a problem. There are trillions of bacteria living inside all of us. Why are we pretending they aren’t on our gurneys, blood pressure cuffs and X-ray machines?"
He says what matters most is that hospital employees follow the strict protocols that prevent the organisms from spreading and going where we don't want them.
Our local hospital is very careful with superbugs. When I visited a friend with MRSA I had to fully protect myself so I would not spread it. My friend was in isolation and precautions were taken before anyone entered or left the room.