Black Fungus Myths and Misconceptions

Separating Fact from Fiction

The black fungus, also known as mucormycosis, has caused widespread fear and confusion in India during the second wave of COVID-19. Unfortunately, with the rapid spread of misinformation on social media and elsewhere, many people are struggling to separate fact from fiction when it comes to black fungus.

In this article, we will expose some of the most widespread myths and misconceptions about this illness.

No, black fungus is not a contagious disease like COVID-19 or the flu.

Black Fungus is Contagious

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Myth #1

The majority of black fungus cases in India have been reported in COVID-19 patients, but it is not true that only COVID-19 patients are at high risk.

Only COVID-19 Patients are at Risk of Black Fungus

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Myth #2

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Although black fungus is a serious condition, the key to a good outcome is early diagnosis and treatment.

Black Fungus is Always Fatal

Myth #3

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The key risk factor for black fungus is a weakened immune system, but not steroids specifically.

Steroids Cause Black Fungus

Myth #4

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Vaccines can be an effective tool, but practising good hygiene and avoiding dusty environments is the only way to prevent black fungus.

There is a Vaccine for Black Fungus

Myth #5