Bubbles, be it financial, societal/behavioral etc tend to be phenomena which aren't apparent until they are. Bubbles are like glitches in normality that are often noticed anecdotally or via tangential symptoms that strike one as curious.
Recent discussions by "leading health figures" have argued that we could be reaching the far end of the spectrum that could be defined as times within the "anti-biotic bubble".
One needn't go far back to see what life was like before the advent of anti-biotics. One need only for example read the biographies of various "founding-father" esque figures, or accounts of gangrene from the civil war or "wild west", to see just how fatal virii and infections were before someone realized bread mold could turn the tides of microscopic infestation.
We had seemingly put an end to this age of seemingly frivolous mortalities with the advent of different varieties of anti-biotics. However, as time goes by evolution takes place.
A long time ago, or perhaps all along, a certain spark of something, allowed inanimate objects to form a consciousness even if it was nothing more than chemical receptors, which allowed, previously inanimate compounds and molecules, to begin assembling useful bits from around their environment into themselves to make themselves healthier and larger. Sometimes they would split in half, sometimes they would insert their own DNA into other such compounds.
This battle between consumers of environmental nutritional substances and inserters(virii) has been going on since time immemorial. Wherever consumers live, virii are close in tow. Whether these consumers be microscopic bacteria or tiny worms living thousands of feet below the earths surface, virii are always their.
This janusesque duality of being alive had seemingly been muted for a time. Since we developed antibiotics, we found that we could turn the tables on the DNA inserters(virii) and hence put them on the offensive with our little microscopic fungal friends, who literally ate the virii for breakfast.
However, just as the inner working and complexities of life has changed, so does their adaptability. While life was once simple bacteria, we modern humans, are so complex that we know have favourable bacteria helping us brake down complex sugars and fibers in ourselves, thus all life adapts to its surrounding and builds onto its self, to make its self stronger. Sometimes these changes aren't as profound per se, as the sort of fagocitotic cooption of bacteria, and are in fact much simpler, namely simply adapting one's genes to produce a finer biochemistry more suited to current exogenous realities.
Virii though simple, and seemingly less complex have managed to do just that. Hence, have we been living in a protracted period of unrealistic living conditions? It seems that now that harmful bacteria and virii are managing to learn our tricks and rise up over the bar we raised with the discovery of "anti-biotics". Things may be going back to their original state of affairs, with us once again at the mercy of our doppelgangeresque companions in this aeon spanning journey of life.
Will we find new cures, or will we reach some cliff that will plunge us back to the days that would make contemporary social security seem more feasible? Who can say, but one thing that can perhaps be observed from this developing reality along with the annals of info on ages which came before, can perhaps assure of one thing, that is that which defines the drive of life, continues to expand and adapt, and that where it may lead, may always be interesting, in both favourable ways, and in those ways which may require a few degrees of removal to fully appreciate.
Article on new pronouncement on new found immunity to some anti-biotics;
Bacteria deep underground;(anti-biotic resistant);
Discussion of findings concerning the m.o. of anti-biotics;