Fans of the video game and HBO series, The Last of Us, may be used to the idea of an apocalyptic fungal infection that turns people into mindless zombies. But according to scientists, the likelihood of this happening in real life is science fiction. Plus, luckily the real-life cordyceps fungus, on which the show’s infection is based, cannot survive if the host has an internal temperature above 94 degrees. However, a new drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris is spreading rapidly through U.S. healthcare facilities, causing concern among officials.
The Deadly Fungal Infection That's Tearing Through Health Care Facilities Like a Brushfire https://t.co/s3NGgjRkzV
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It is especially worrying for the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, but healthy people need not worry. The increased number of cases is causing alarm, but medical experts have stated that C. auris is not a threat to healthy people. It is important to take precautions and be aware of the symptoms, but there is no need to fear for your lives.
A drug-resistant and potentially deadly fungus has been spreading rapidly through U.S. health care facilities, a new government study finds. https://t.co/5BPNu53urC
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It’s worth noting that such infections have been around for a while, and due to the COVID pandemic, more attention has been paid to the many pathogens that could potentially harm us. However, it’s important to remember that there have been countless viruses and infections that have led to death over the years. Cancer continues to be a leading cause of death, with tens of millions contracting the flu every year and tens of thousands dying from it. Fortunately, there are numerous vaccines and therapeutics available to help manage symptoms.
In conclusion, while Candida auris is something to keep an eye on, there is no need to mask up or live in fear unless your immune system is compromised. Those who live with weakened immune systems already take precautionary measures, and the rest of us should take reasonable precautions to stay healthy, be aware of the symptoms, and keep ourselves informed.