April 24 is World Meningitis Day, and the condition is one of many that may compete against COVID-19 for healthcare resources. The disease is deadly and debilitating, it strikes quickly, and it affects people of all ages.
With the COVID-19 pandemic having reached over 170 countries, and cases skyrocketing in the United States and other nations, scientists around the world are working as fast as they can to develop a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
It is estimated that one out of every twenty hospitalized patients will contract an HAI. These infections are a significant cause of illness and mortality, and are the source of serious economic consequences for the US health system each year.