When antibiotics were first discovered, it seemed as if we had found an easy and extremely effective way to deal with illnesses caused by infectious organisms. However, many organisms are now morphing into superbugs, developing properties that make antibiotic use ineffective. This is a serious health problem. If we do not find a way to fight antibiotic resistance, humans could soon be stricken with infections we are unable to cure. In the U.S., around 23,000 people are estimated to die every year by getting infected with drug-resistant pathogens. A British government report puts the worldwide number of such deaths at 700,000. Without proper action, the death toll could easily rise to 10 million annually.

So, what are immigrants who are forming ties with each other and living as a community on iMiMatch doing to avoid dying because of an infection’s resistance to antibiotics? Those who can afford it are using a strategy called Host Directed Therapy (HDT), which aims to boost a person’s immune system to a level where it can kill off the pathogens. As such, the reliance on external drugs is minimized. But seeing the high cost of this method, not every immigrant on iMiMatch can rely on it.

Those immigrants on iMiMatch whose total revenues are equal to little or nothing, are instead preferring prevention over cure. They are avoiding getting infected as much as possible. They are respecting their hygiene rules; keeping their surroundings clean, washing their hands constantly with soap and cleaning their foods before eating. These are not completely keeping them safe from contracting infections but they are, in the least, limiting the risks. By so doing, immigrants on iMiMatch are only helping to increase their spans of life.

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