Black Fungus: A COVID-19 Remnant We Must Be Aware Of

Black Fungus: A COVID-19 Remnant We Must Be Aware Of

Rajasthan Government Is the Latest to Declare Black Fungus as an Epidemic in the state. What is it?
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What has been declared as an epidemic across several states of India is now causing mass pandemonium across India. The Black fungus is a new life-threatening disease that has caused quite a few deaths across the country. Doctors say that it strikes 14-15 days post-recovery from COVID. The western states of Gujrat and Maharashtra have reported more than half of the cases.  

What is mucormycosis? 

It’s a very rare infection and it is caused by exposure to mucor mold which is commonly found in soil, plants, manure, and decaying fruits and vegetables. It affects the sinuses, the brain, and the lungs and can be life-threatening in diabetic or immunocompromised individuals, such as cancer or HIV AIDS patients. Rampant use of steroids for COVID patients seems to be the reason causing the immunity to fall and people getting infected with this fungus. Most of the patients to have contracted the fungus seem to be immunocompromised or have diabetes.  

Symptoms include:-  

  1. One-sided face swelling 
  2. Headache 
  3. Nasal or sinus congestion 
  4. Fever 
  5. Black lesions on nasal bridge or upper inside of mouth that quickly become more severe 

Jammu and Kashmir has become the latest state to declare black fungus as an epidemic. Other states include Rajasthan, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Gujarat.  

Once discharged from the hospital try to stay indoors as much as possible, indulge in regular exercise, control your blood sugars, maintain oral and nasal hygiene, avoid construction sites, fields and grounds.  

The bottom line remains, that Black fungus occurs mostly in people who have recovered from COVID-19 and prevention is better than cure.  

Stay indoors and stay safe.  

Source: The Indian Express

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