 A number of Covid-19 patients are developing a serious fungal infection known as Mucormycosis also called black fungus.

 Mucormycosis (zygomycosis) is a serious, potentially deadly fungal infection that’s infrequently diagnosed.
 It mainly affects people who are on medication for health problems that reduces their ability to fight environmental pathogens
 Sinuses or lungs of such individuals get affected after they inhale fungal spores from the air
 Doctors in some states have noted a rise in cases of mucormycosis among people hospitalized or recovering from Covid 19, with some requiring urgent surgery.
 It has overall mortality rate of 50%, may be being triggered by the use of steroids, a life-saving treatment for severe and critically ill Covid-19 patients.
 Usually, mucormycetes does not pose a major threat to those with a healthy immune system.

 It occurs through inhalation, inoculation, or ingestion of spores from the environment.
 Mucormycosis does not spread between people or between people and animals.

 These include pain and redness around eyes and/or nose, fever, headache, coughing, shortness of breath, bloody vomits, and altered mental status.
 Warning signs can include toothache, loosening of teeth, blurred or double vision with pain.

 Avoiding areas with a lot of dust like construction or excavation sites, avoiding direct contact with water-damaged buildings and flood water after hurricanes and natural disasters and avoiding activities that involve close contact to soil.

 Mucormycosis needs to be treated with prescription antifungal medicine.
 In some cases, it can require surgery.

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