Secondary Bloodstream Infections Linked to Severe COVID-19

A new study from Rutgers University suggests that people with a secondary blood infection admitted to a hospital due to SARS-CoV-2 infection were significantly sicker than those COVID-19 patients without the said-above condition.Secondary Bloodstream Infections Linked to Severe COVID-19

For the study, researchers analyzed data received from 375 patients diagnosed with severe COVID-19 from March to May 2020. They sampled 128 cases that had secondary bloodstream infections, 92% of which were bacterial infections.

Co-lead author Pinki Bhatt, an assistant professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Division of Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Disease says: "These patients were more likely to have altered mental status, lower percent oxygen saturation, septic shock and to be admitted to the intensive care unit compared to those without bloodstream infections."

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