I categorically accept that bacteria differ from viruses; so antibiotics DON'T help in viral infections. I also read this and this; so no need to explain this. I've read about the negative effects (eg exacerbation of antibiotic resistance); I ask only about the positive effects here, and NOT for reasons to exploit antibiotics for infections not due bacteria.
Yet I myself have witnessed that some people with viral infections feel better after wrongly taking antibiotics? and so asked about this first on Cognitive Sciences SE.
Initially, I suspected only some placebo effect, but this enlightened me on the side benefits of antibiotic consumption for a viral infection and motivated this question, now that my original question on psychology has revealed the relevance of biology.