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WHEREAS, sepsis is a life-threatening complication of the body’s overwhelming response to an infection which, without rapid diagnosis and treatment, can quickly progress to tissue damage, organ failure and death; and
WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sepsis affects 1.7 million people and takes 270,000 lives every year in the United States, with young children and the elderly experiencing the greatest number of sepsis-related deaths; and
WHEREAS, sepsis kills more Americans than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and opioid overdoses combined, and is the most expensive cause of hospitalization in the United States; and
WHEREAS, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, infection prevention and sepsis awareness is critical to public health; and
WHEREAS, the Begin Again Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis as critical knowledge for the health care providers, emergency medical services, first responders and community members to reduce sepsis harm and death; and
WHEREAS, September has been nationally recognized as Sepsis Awareness Month by the Sepsis Alliance to improve recognition and bring awareness to the serious and potentially fatal medical condition known as sepsis;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 2020 as SEPSIS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.