Govt Issues Guidelines to Curb the Spread of Mucormycosis or Black Fungus
Published On May 21, 2021, Updated On Jul 06, 2021
Cases of mucormycosis or black fungus are on the rise across states with many deaths being reported in the past few days. The fungal infection is worsening the health conditions of people infected with COVID-19, thereby pushing them towards death. As per the advisory of the Health Ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the lack of care in the treatment of this fungal infection can be fatal. Therefore, the government and health organizations are working vigorously to curb the spread of this rare infection.
Common symptoms of the fungal infection include nasal congestion, headaches, fever, compromised vision, amongst others. The mortality rate of the infection is said to be 50%. But as per a recent tweet by the Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, awareness and early diagnosis can help in treating black fungus.
What You Should Do to Curb The Spread of Black Fungus?
- Control hyperglycemia
- Use steroid only as advised by the doctor
- Use antifungals/antibiotics judiciously
- Use clean water for humidifiers during oxygen therapy
What You Shouldn’t Do?
- Do not ignore the symptoms or warning signs
- Note that all cases of blocked nose should not be considered as bacterial sinusitis, especially for immunosuppression and/or COVID-19 patients on immunomodulators
- Do not waste time, it is recommended to begin with the treatment of mucormycosis promptly
- You should not be reluctant to take aggressive investigations for detection of fungal etiology
Some preventive measures to avoid contracting black fungus include wearing a mask, eating a balanced diet, being vigilant with health and medications, maintaining good and personal hygiene, and avoiding activities that involve contact with mud, a manicure, moss, or soil without covering your body.
Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.