In the second wave of COVID19, many people recovering from COVID-19 have been afflicted with black fungus – or mucormycosis – disease, which may become fatal. What is mucormycosis? Who is at risk? What is the treatment? Read on to find out.
Amidst the uncontrolled rise in COVID19 cases across the country, another worrying infection, called Mucormycosis, or Black Fungus is rearing its ugly head. Several states including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, and Gujarat, are reporting the infection.
As per a recent advisory issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Mucormycosis — a fungal infection detected in COVID-19 patients — is likely to turn fatal if left untreated.
What is Mucormycosis?
Mucormycosis is a fungal infection that mainly affects people who are on medication for other health problems, and have a reduced ability to fight environmental pathogens.
The sinuses or lungs of such individuals get affected when they inhale fungal spores from the air.
The symptoms of Mucormycosis include:
Watch out for:
Who is at risk?
Measures to take:
What not to do?
Managing the infection