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Covid can make a person more susceptible to TB but no direct link between the two yet, says Centre

The government said that reports of a sudden increase in the number of tuberculosis cases among patients recovering from Covid-19 had left doctors worried.The health ministry added that tuberculosis bacilli could be present in humans in a dormant state and "has the potential to start multiplying when the individual's immunity is compromised for any reason."

"The same is applicable in post-Covid scenario, when an individual may develop decreased immunity due the virus itself or due to the treatment, especially immune-suppressants like steroids," the ministry added.