Scientists are really, really serious about UTIs becoming untreatable this time.
Every few years we are warned that all the curable but extremely unpleasant ailments, like gonorrhea, will soon be incurable and thus much worse than unpleasant. Do we listen? No. In 2014, society was warned about the uptick in UTI infections, connecting the issue to our antibiotic-resistant supermarket meat. Now, New Scientist reports that the World Health Organization is basically trying to get rich countries to pay pharmaceutical companies to make new antibiotics, because production is unprofitable despite the desperate need.