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India’s black fungus outbreak: Recovering covid patients grapple with removal of eyes

#Mucormycosis ( #BlackFungus ) has killed hundreds in #India and forced many to have an eye removed When the #coronavirus pandemic tore through India this year, its ferocity killed tens of thousands of people. But thousands of those who survived #COVID19 were soon back in hospitals with an ominous fungal infection called mucormycosis. The complaints ranged from a blurring of vision to droopy eyelids or discharge from the nose. At high risk were diabetic people or those with v

In the Wake of India’s Covid Crisis, a Black Fungus Epidemic Follows

#mucormycosis has sickened former #coronavirus patients across #India. Doctors believe that hospitals desperate to keep #COVID19 patients alive made choices that left them vulnerable. AHMEDABAD, India — In the stifling, tightly packed medical ward at Civil Hospital, the ear, nose and throat specialist moved briskly from one bed to the next, shining a flashlight into one patient’s mouth, examining another’s X-rays. The specialist, Dr. Bela Prajapati, oversees treatment for nea

'Nepal variant': What's the mutation stopping green list trips to Portugal?

#SARSCoV2 #coronavirus #COVID19 #Portugal #Nepal #India Portugal has been removed from the UK's green list of countries which are safe to visit. The government said it's partly down to the emergence of a "Nepal variant". The mutation has not been recognized yet as variant by WHO. Announcing Portugal's move to the amber list, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there was a "Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variant". He said it wasn't known whether it could be "vaccine

India’s COVID crisis flags need to forecast variants

#India #COVID19 #COVID #coronavirus #SARSCoV2 The rise of more-transmissible viral mutants demands new ways to prevent, detect, track and treat SARS-CoV-2 infections. As head of one of India’s main genomics laboratories, I am part of the consortium that first reported the B.1.617 strain of SARS-CoV-2 as a potential variant of concern. I keep asking myself how we might have predicted its danger sooner, tracked it rapidly and stalled its spread. This year, I saw what felt like

India’s Crisis Marks a New Phase in the Pandemic

#India #IndiaCrisis #coronavirus India’s Crisis Marks a New Phase in the #COVID19 Pandemic. In countries where the storm is lifting, it’s time to turn outward & help the rest of the world. Government statistics indicate that the virus is newly infecting millions of Indians each week, and that some twenty thousand or thirty thousand people are dying weekly. But most experts, including Laxminarayan, believe that those numbers capture a fraction of the true covid-19 toll. “It’s

N440K variant, which wreaked havoc in South India last year, now fading, says CCMB

#COVID19 #IndiaCrisis #India The #N440K #coronavirus variant is not new: it has been seen in south India since last year, & it is now fading, say scientists at the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology. Main goal should be to stop spread of the virus, before more variants emerge.

What to Know About India’s Coronavirus Crisis

#IndiaCovidCrisis #COVID19 #India A deadly 2nd wave of #coronavirus infections is devastating India, leaving millions of people infected & putting stress on the country’s already overtaxed health care system. What is behind the explosion of new #COVID19 cases that is overwhelming India? But after the early restrictions were lifted, many Indians stopped taking precautions. Large gatherings, including political rallies and religious festivals, resumed and drew millions of peop

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