The trepidation of the COVID pandemic may have started in 2019, but its consequences have not yet been brought under control. The tremendous severity of the pandemic cannot be realized through the news and social media primarily due to the belief that we will probably be immune to the infection. Moreover, only a fraction of the population faces the serious consequences of the virus only, and we are probably asymptomatic. Well, it’s good if you belong to this group; however, if, unfortunately, you don’t, then you are probably in for a nightmare after contracting the disease.
The symptoms occur almost overnight with a high-reaching fever of about 103°C, accompanied by severe body ache, loss of smell, headache, nausea, and loss of appetite. This is the situation that lasts before the onset of severe symptoms that we are actually supposed to watch out for.
The severe symptoms are triggered after 5-6 days from the first onset of symptoms and include the falling of the oxygen partial pressure in the body (sPO2 concentration) accompanied by shortness of breath and chest pains. If, perchance, you encounter these severe symptoms, the treatment process can last for a long time, slowly whittling down the immunity and, in other cases, resulting in death. Hospitalization for COVID treatment is more of a bane than it is a boon. After all, that’s where the majority of fungal infections start.
Reports about black, white, and yellow fungus have recently flooded the media in the past month. However, that is not all to it. Infection with such rare fungus is still rather uncommon, and so, we drop our guards when their symptoms are absent. The administration of prolonged antibiotic therapy for the treatment of Sars-Cov-2 pneumonia weakens the immune system to the extent that opportunistic fungi like Candida and Aspergillus can cause serious complications in the immune-compromised post-COVID patients.
These fungi can reside in any part of the body, thereby severely affecting the body organs, like the spleen, liver, stomach, and intestines. Primary fungal infection lays down the foundation for further fungal infections, eventually resulting in sepsis and septic shock. Fungal infection in the lungs can result in fungal pneumonia, quite similar to bacterial pneumonia during COVID, and requires treatment for another 3-4 months. It is kind of ridiculous to believe that post-COVID therapy lasts longer than the treatment for COVID.
Despite the high paced scientific and technological advancements in the 21st century, the old saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’ rightfully holds.