NEW DELHI : Based on reports of a deadly fungal infection in the recovery of coronavirus patients that led to vision loss, the Center said Tuesday that COVID-19 can be either a mild, asymptomatic disease or a serious one with complications such as have appeared before.
ENT surgeons at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) here reported that they had seen 13 cases of “COVID-19-triggered mucormycosis” in the last 15 days.
This alarming suffering, though rare, is not new. What’s new is COVID-19, which triggers mucormycosis, they said Monday.
Black fungus or mucormycosis has been a cause of disease and death in transplant patients and ICU and immunodeficiency for a long time. However, the rapid increase in the number observed in patients with unsuspected recovery from COVID-19 is causing serious concern, SGRH said in a statement on Monday.
“In the last 15 days, ENT surgeons have seen 13 cases of COVID-19-triggered mucormycosis in more than 50 percent of patients, with loss of vision and removal of the bones of the nose and jaw,” he said.
When asked to comment on the development, VK Paul, a member of NITI Aayog (Health), said in a press briefing here: “Yes, we are aware (of this). This is a fungal disease. In diabetics, especially just before COVID-19, it was there. This is a pretty devastating disease. There is a deep infection. The remedy for this is not easy.
“Because there is a general systemic spread in COVID-19, there is a depression in the functioning of the organs, so as we receive more information about COVID-19, some things have come to light … This is new information that has come out. in evidence. We have to be careful, “he said.
“While COVID-19 may be a mild disease in itself, it may be asymptomatic or even a serious disease with serious complications like this that have never occurred before,” the official added.
HRMS officials said mortality is currently observed in the 50% range (five patients), with some deaths when there is brain involvement.
Doctors had to perform these resections on about 10 patients in the last two weeks, “about 50% losing their sight permanently.” Five of these patients required critical care due to associated complications. There have also been five deaths so far in this subgroup, they said.
According to Manish Munjal, chief ENT surgeon at the hospital, “The frequency with which we witness the onset of COVID-19-induced mucormycosis, with high morbidity and mortality, has not been seen so far and is shocking and alarming.”
Varun Rai, an ENT surgeon consultant at SGRH, said: as soon as possible. “