“Black fungus” presents a new challenge for COVID-19 patients on steroid therapy and those with pre-existing diabetes.
GMOA's executive committee member Dr. Prasad Colombage said the "Black fungus" would escalate the number of COVID patients and also the deaths related to COVID.
"The reports coming from India is very dangerous. Due to this fungus, the COVID deaths have rapidly gone up. They are still investigating how it got connected with the COVID."
"Besides, it's really a puzzle as to how it got into Ampara area," said Dr. Colombage.
The "black fungus" causes blackening or discolouration over the nose, blurred or double vision, chest pain, breathing difficulties and coughing of blood.
Doctors believe the use of steroids to treat severe COVID-19 could be causing the condition. Coronavirus patients with diabetes and a weakened immune system are particularly prone to attack.
Many of the drugs used to fight the coronavirus suppress the body’s immune system that would normally ward off a fungal infection.