The spread of COVID-19 can be particularly frightening for sepsis survivors as they are at risk of contracting any infection within a few months of their recovery. Many sepsis survivors continue to live with physical and emotional challenges years after their hospitalization that can heighten their distress, such as post-sepsis syndrome, PTSD, and chronic conditions.
At this time, there is no scientific literature that shows a connection between surviving sepsis and contracting the new coronavirus. However, it is important to take steps to protect yourself, your friends, and your family. Continue reading to learn what you can do.
Sepsis survivors and other individuals experiencing anxiety or emotional distress can find mental health resources here.
Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 so the Most Vulnerable Can Get Help
You can help slow the spread of COVID-19 so that our healthcare system and providers have the resources to help those for whom COVID-19 poses the greatest risk, adults older than 80 and people with chronic conditions. Below is a list of things you can do and resources we’ve developed to help.
What You Can Do
- Wash your hands often with soap, for at least 20 seconds – learn more here
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you can’t wash your hand with soap and water
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid attending events and social gatherings
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
- Remain calm
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