Respondents knowledge of antibiotics in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018

This statistic displays the level of knowledge of respondents regarding antibiotics in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018. In 2018, 41 percent of respondents incorrectly answered when asked if antibiotics could be used to kill viruses. 16 percent of respondents incorrectly answered when asked if antibiotics are affective against cold and flu, while 90 percent of respondents correctly answered when asked if unnecessary use of antibiotics can make them ineffective.

Share of respondent's knowledge of antibiotics in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018

Correct answerIncorrect answer Don't know
Unnecessary use of antibiotics makes them become ineffective (true)90%5%5%
Antibiotics are effective against colds and flu (false)78%16%6%
Taking antibiotics often has side-effects such as diarrhea (true)62%17%21%
Antibiotics kill viruses (false)49%41%10%
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Source

Release date

November 2018

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

September 8 to 26, 2018

Number of respondents

1,000*

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* n (United Kingdom)=1,000
n (EU28)=27,474

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