The ‘fungus’ infecting Covid patients in India

The devastating second Covid wave left Indians baffled. On top of it emergence of secondary infections due to fungus further aggregated the situation. Mucormycosis is a fungal infection caused by the exposure to mucor mould, commonly found in soil, air, spoiled food, decaying fruits and vegetables. To raise awareness about Mucormycosis, we teamed up with talented scientific illustrator Isha Parlikar (@sciartsoup). In discussion with Dr. Karishma Kaushik and Dr. Rutuja, Isha Parlikar designed this simple infographic. Please share it with friends and family.

Dr. Karishma S Kaushik, MBBS, MD, PhD is Assistant Professor / Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellow at Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBB), Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly University of Pune), INDIA (https://www.karishmakaushiklab.com/)

Dr. Rujuta U Parlikar, MBBS

About Sci-illustrator Isha Parlikar

Isha Parlikar (@ishapniti) is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology post-graduate from the University of Bremen, Germany. She has worked as a research intern in ACTREC and as a cell culture analyst in Hi-Media Labs, a leading biosciences company in Mumbai. Her research experience both in academia and in the industry, and her deep passion for art has recently led her to engage in the field of science communication – developing engaging visuals for clear, simple and effective communication of scientific concepts. Samples of her sci-comm art projects can be seen at https://ishaparlikar.wixsite.com/sciart. She also plans to tweet her artwork from @sciartsoup.

https://www.msuscicomm.org/2020-sciart-exhibition/isha-parlikar

Reference

  1. https://www.infectiousdiseaseadvisor.com/home/decision-support-in-medicine/infectious-diseases/agents-of-mucormycosis-clinical-condition/
  2. https://www.webmd.com/lung/mucormycosis-black-fungus-infection
  3. https://cmr.asm.org/content/18/3/556
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7599039/

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