Superinfections pose threat to those being treated for the coronavirus

Viral infections aren’t the only cause of deaths during pandemics. A common complication of viral infections such as the flu or the coronavirus is a secondary, superimposed bacterial infection — or a superinfection — resistant to the treatment being used against the primary infection.The complication of these superinfections is a silent component of cases and deaths and doesn’t always receive attention. For instance, decades after the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, several studies showed that many deaths were caused by bacterial superinfections.While differences in laboratory testing a century …

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