Parameters used for Antibiotic Footprint Individual Calculator
This data set is mainly to explain how we estimate individual ‘Antibiotic Footprint’ (gram per person per year)?
To estimate individual antibiotic footprint “from taking antibiotics”, we use the number of days from an answer to the question “On how many days did you take oral antibiotics in the past 12 months”. We estimate the total grams of oral antibiotics that you directly consumed in the past 12 months by multiplying “the number of days you took oral antibiotics in the past 12 months” by “the amount of grams of antibiotics that a person in your country normally would consume per day when taking a course of antibiotics”. The latter parameter was estimated from official and open-access data published by your country (references are available at www.antibioticfootprint.net) and are available as a variable human_g_p_day here
To estimate individual antibiotic footprint “from eating meat”, we use the kilograms of meat that a person consumed in the past 12 months from the answers in the quiz. We estimate the total grams of antibiotics used to produce meat for your consumption in the past 12 months by multiplying “the kilograms” by “the milligrams of antibiotics used per kilogram Population Correction Unit (PCU) of animal meat (i.e. mg/PCU)”. The latter parameter was obtained from official and open-access data published by your country (references are available at www.antibioticfootprint.net) and are available as a variable mg_p_PCU here.
For countries without official and open-access data, we assume that parameters of those countries are equal to the average of those parameters from countries with official and open-access data and within similar regions and closest income levels. For South Asia, we used data from countries with similar income levels of East Asia & Pacific, because all countries in South Asia do not have official and open-access data to estimate this parameter.