Fewer fungi types in lungs linked to worse disease in acute respiratory distress syndrome

Many COVID-19 patients develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a life-threatening condition where the lungs cannot provide the body’s vital organs with enough oxygen. Patients with ARDS are usually placed on ventilators to help get enough oxygen into their bodies. Now, new research to be presented at the ‘virtual’ European Respiratory Society International Congress has found that having fewer different types of fungi in the lungs is linked to increased severity of disease in ARDS patients.