While COVID-19 continued to become an unsolved puzzle, doctors across the country are reporting a rise in cases of a rare black fungal infection, called Mucormycosis which is claimed to be life-threatening. Caused by a group of moulds called micromycetes, the rare fungal infection is being witnessed in the COVID recovery patients. But why..?
Experts said infections with COVID-19 may be associated with a wide range of bacterial and fungal co-infections while the immune system of the patients tends to fall drastically.
Mucormycosis which starts in the nasal area, throat, and then soon spreads to the eyes, brain, and finally, the entire body occurs in people with a weak immune system which is a common complaint in corona recovered patients.
A weakened immune system and the use of such life-saving medication during the course of illness can increase their susceptibility to getting mucormycosis. Those suffering from more than one or two ailments such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, or HIV that is Human Immunodeficiency virus may be at a greater risk of it.
The number Mucormycosis cases have also sharply risen, they say. However, Mucormycosis is not contagious, that is it does not spread from person to person.