Why Deadly ‘Black Fungus’ Is Ravaging COVID Patients in India

Why Deadly ‘Black Fungus’ Is Ravaging COVID Patients in India

The infection they cause, mucormycosis—“black fungus,” colloquially—can infest the sinuses and bones of the face and invade the brain or cause patients to lose an eye. Years before COVID appeared, researchers in Australia and Europe, as well as India, all reported that mucormycosis seemed particularly ferocious in patients with uncontrolled diabetes. That is setting Indian COVID patients up for disaster. Irrational and unscientific treatment of COVID is extremely common.”Fungal infections after COVID have been so widely reported from multiple countries that physicians are starting to develop treatment algorithms to blunt their attack. Even antifungal drugs are in short supply in India, according to news reports, and they may be unaffordable for most.

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