Vaccine Reduces Chance Of Black Fungus : Experts
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With the pandemic still not subsided and Delta plus variant continues to be a cause of concern, experts alert that vaccination is the only weapon we have at hand. A group of doctors informed that immediate vaccination will help in herd immunity, reducing the chances of black fungus, severe health complications, side effects, blood clots, and secondary infections.

Professor and Padma Shri awardee Dr. Mohan Kameswaran, Otorhinolaryngologist, Founder, Madras ENT Research Foundation, said, “We witnessed the first case of mucormycosis in March, the cases peaked from two to three from March to 10 to 15 cases in May, with a mortality rate of 40 percent to 50 percent. Although high, it is not as high as anticipated. The major issue is the lack of relevant drugs to treat mucormycosis."

He added, “Sixty percent to 70 percent of the patients who came to me with black fungus had not taken the vaccine, 25-30 percent had taken one dose, and less than five percent had taken both doses. Thus, people who have taken both doses have a good chance against COVID-19 infection and are much less prone to black fungus.”

On the third wave, Dr. Rajinder Kumar Singal, Senior Director and HOD - Internal Medicine, BLK Max Hospital,said, “We are still not out of the second wave but are ready for the third wave. The third wave is expected to be less severe than the second wave due to increased vaccination. However, quick vaccination, COVID-19 appropriate behavior and absence of super spreader events will be key to stop the spread of the infection.”

Dr Bhavini Shah, Director, Neuberg Centre of Genomic Medicine, said, “Antibody tests on hundreds of people vaccinated with the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine indicate that booster shots may be required for the population. The findings were made after checking antibody levels of nearly 30,000 people in Gujarat by us. Out of these numbers, researchers focused on 500 healthcare workers. We found that people would require a flu-like booster shot every year to pep-up immunity.”

“Antibodies produced by the vaccine protect against Covid, complications, side-effects, blood clotting, secondary infections; hence one must get vaccinated,” said Dr. Hemalata Arora, General Physician & Infectious Disease Specialist, Nanavati Max Super Speciality Hospital.

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