Since then, though, studies have found that azithromycin, taken alone or with hydroxychloroquine, hasn’t had any lifesaving impact on covid-19 patients. Other research has found that doctors are usually prescribing antibiotics to patients without any evidence that they have bacterial infections.

That brings us to last week, when UK outlet The Sun reported on the WHO’s warning about gonorrhea. In addition to the above issues, the WHO also noted that the pandemic is likely making people delay STI testing and medical care, raising the risk that people will either never find out about their gonorrhea or even try to improperly self-medicate. The misuse and overuse of antibiotics, particularly azithromycin, is only adding more dynamite to the powder keg that is super gonorrhea.

“Such a situation can fuel emergence of resistance in gonorrhea,” a WHO spokesperson told The Sun.