Patients recovering from infection with the new coronavirus are at an increased risk of developing a case of deadly sepsis in the next year. This is the warning left by a group of researchers from the United Kingdom.

According to a study by the UK Sepsis Trust, one in five survivors of covid-19, who required hospital treatment or hospitalization, are expected to develop an exaggerated immune system response to the disease (generalized inflammatory response) that may prove fatal, leading to widespread organ failure.

The same association estimates that, in the UK alone, about 20,000 patients recovered from coronavirus die from sepsis in the next year and has already alerted the UK government to launch a campaign to educate on the topic.

The English press recalls the case of Cristopher Lazar, 44, an English man, father of six children, who survived the coronavirus and soon after developed a case of severe sepsis that almost proved fatal. Cristopher had several failed organs (heart, kidneys, lungs) and was given a 5% chance of survival. Miraculously, the patient recovered.

Sepsis occurs when the bacteria or other organisms that cause an infection give rise to an exaggerated response by the organism in its defense. Systemic inflammation is generated which can affect several organs and cause them to fail. People who fight illnesses that compromise the immune system are more susceptible to developing sepsis.

The first symptoms are fever above 38º, wheezing, fast heart rate and chills. Sepsis then manifests itself in nausea and vomiting, decreased urination and frequency of urination, state of mental confusion, small red spots or spots on the skin and lower blood pressure than normal values.