The confluence of COVID-19 with flu season in communities where both viruses are circulating presents significant challenges with diagnosis especially. While there has been substantial interest in the ability to diagnose COVID-19 based on symptoms, not all symptoms have been described or are well understood.
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a threat to our antibiotic infrastructure, which is already compromised due to a lack of new therapies. That threat makes antimicrobial stewardship even more important.