Opinion: A national registry could help defeat sepsis, a big contributor to Covid-19 deaths

As doctors and paramedics who treat the victims of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen firsthand the devastating impact of this disease on our patients, their families, and our communities. The cause of the disease, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is often called a novel coronavirus, but there is nothing new or novel about what actually kills most Covid-19 patients: sepsis.

Sepsis is the body’s uncontrolled response to an infection: pneumonia, a urinary tract infection, or even a cut or abrasion that becomes infected.

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