How to prevent mucormycosis in Covid patients?01 Jun, 2021 | 09:00
This fungus is present almost everywhere so, it is difficult to completely avoid the exposure. However, one can limit it by avoiding going to damp and humid places, farms, and dusty construction sites.
Further, one should take all the precautions to protect oneself from catching Covid. Follow Covid-Appropriate Behaviour: wear masks, wash hands, avoid crowds, maintain physical distancing, and take the vaccine. If a person has diabetes, they must do everything to keep it under control. Another important point that we tend to forget is any infection can lead to an increase in blood sugar levels. Besides, steroids also can cause an increase in blood sugar levels.This aspect must be kept in mind by the patient and the treating team – periodic screening for blood sugar must be done in all patients with COVID, so that early treatment can be initiated as soon as the blood sugar shows a tendency to rise.
Dr Nikhil Tandon, Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, AIIMS, New Delhi