Infection prevention practices can also reduce the incidence of influenza and associated secondary bacterial infections.
As cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again in several places in the U.S., the need for effective treatment remains. Many potential COVID-19 treatments that could have an impact on our ability to fight the virus are currently being developed or tested in clinical trials.
The Global Sepsis Alliance has stated that COVID-19 can cause sepsis, the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection that can lead to organ damage and death. In the U.S., one in three patients who die in a hospital die of sepsis. Many different types of infections can cause sepsis, but the most common cause is pneumonia.
Patients at the greatest risk for secondary infections, particularly infections that are resistant to first-line antibiotics, include people who are already vulnerable due to other conditions and diseases—like COVID-19. Because of that, antimicrobial resistance poses a significant additional threat, especially as healthcare systems become overburdened.