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  •  A couple of counterpoints (5+ / 0-)

    The  physician often doesn't know for sure whether it's a virus or not (how could they when the average healthy kid has 1,000 types of viruses at any one time and the more sickly kids have 10,000?)

    And even if an illness if viral in origin, which most are, being sick with a virus increases the chance of bacterial infection.

    so, to be safe, they tend to over-prescribe antibiotics.

    Which I agree is a HUGE problem - but still, there is a small (at least statistical) benefit for over-prescribing.

    •  I think it would be a huge and inobvious win (1+ / 0-)
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      if we had some quick and inexpensive tests that people could run for identifying viral infections.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 08:20:11 AM PDT

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