This year’s World Sepsis Day (September 13) occurs at a stage when a considerable proportion of the 210 million Covid-19 survivors have developed or are at risk of developing long-Covid symptoms. Among the most common ones are fatigue, muscle weakness, breathing difficulties and cognitive impairment, which can last for months.
Every second Covid-19 patient reports at least one new symptom after four months. Sepsis – the life-threatening body response to an infection – affects 52 per cent of hospitalised Covid-19 patients and 78 per cent of those in ICU.
After hospital-treated sepsis, up to 75 per cent of survivors suffer from new diseases and 32 per cent become newly dependent on nursing care. Every second Covid-19 patient reports at least one new symptom after four months.
“This demonstrates once more that sepsis must be a priority for every national health system and for the programs of international organisations such as, for example, WHO, European Commission, ASEAN, African Union, G20, G7 and others. The response to the pandemic by healthcare providers, government and authorities has been unprecedented. The world must have the same vigorous response regarding sepsis”, says Niranjan ‘Tex’ Kissoon, Global Sepsis Alliance GSA President.