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.
Companies and organizations that provide diagnostics serve an important role and must overcome many challenges inherent to developing diagnostic solutions. These areas include research and development, the regulatory environment, production and manufacturing, commercialization, and insurance and reimbursement.
When pathogens get past those preliminary defenses, your body mounts an immune response. Your innate immune system responds first and employs several types of cells and molecules to fight off pathogens, each with their own jobs.