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Not all sinusitis in the time of COVID-19 is bacterial; it could also be Black fungus sinus infection
Mucormycosis, or Black fungus as it is referred to in common parlance, is being reported in patients with COVID-19. It is a rare but serious fungal infection caused by a group of fungi called the mucormycetes. The overall mortality rate of mucormycosis is 50%. It is usually found in air and soil and in association with decaying organic matter, such as leaves, compost piles, and animal dung.The Health Ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have released an advisory for the screening, diagnosis and management of mucormycosis. According to the advisory, this fungal infection mainly affects individuals with impaired immunity. The predisposing factors are uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, steroids, prolonged intensive care, comorbidities, immunocompromised state (cancer or post transplant). The sinuses or lungs are commonly affected after inhaling fungal spores from the air...
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