The one thing that we talked about the most in 2021 has undoubtedly been COVID-19. While the most deadly second wave has passed, the fear of the third wave – or the fourth wave in some countries – still looms large. New variants of COVID-19 continue to give sleepless nights to health officials and researchers. Initially, they were worried about Delta – which was spreading faster than other variants of coronavirus – and now Omicron. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already declared it as a ‘variant of concern’. Then there are an array of post COVID-19 complications that continue to haunt patients even after they are fully recovered from the disease. As we bid adieu to 2021, let’s have a look at some diseases that kept people on alert.
Mucormycosis: It is a rare fatal infection caused by molds called mucormycetes. Also known as Black Fungus, it requires immediate medical attention. A large number of patients complained about the disease after recovering from COVID-19. It has been widely linked to the usage of steroid usage. Uncontrolled diabetes also contributed to the spread of the disease.
Avascular necrosis: This is another complication that patients faced after recovering from COVID-19. Also referred to as osteonecrosis or the death of bone tissue, it is caused mainly because of lack of blood supply. The disease can cause tiny breaks in the bone and this can eventually cause the bone to collapse.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS): Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition that occurs after COVID-19 infection. Also referred to as a pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS), it mainly affects school-age children. The disease can cause severe inflammation in blood vessels, heart, kidneys, lungs, brain, eyes, etc.
Dengue: The mosquito-borne viral infection gave some tough time to people even this year. It spread via the bite of an infected Aedes species (Ae. aegypti or Ae. albopictus) mosquito.