Some bacterial infections are also more common in the winter – such as pneumonia, partly as a result of secondary infections in people whose lungs have been damaged by viral infections.
But he said doctors were often “caught between a rock and hard place” as it could be safer to give #antibiotics if it was not clear whether the patient had a viral or bacterial infection.
He told the BBC: “Obviously this is important, interesting data, but what we now need to do is identify more clearly what is appropriate and what is less appropriate seasonal variation.”
Meanwhile, Antibiotic Research UK in collaboration with the data analysis company Exasol has also published maps showing a stark regional variation in antibiotic prescribing so far this year.
A huge and potentially inappropriate surge in antibiotic prescriptions in the winter has been identified through the first detailed maps of seasonal prescribing in England.
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