Could The Last Of US Really Happen, CDC Warning Texas Of Increase In Deadly Fungus
One of the most popular new TV series in years just finished their first season. Have talked to several people in the Killeen and Temple area since The Last Of Us debuted on HBO earlier this year. It has become the most successful show since Game of Thrones.
If you're not familiar with the show, the plot focuses on the spread of a type of fungus that is so contagious, there is no known cure. Now, the CDC is warning of an increase in deadly fungus exposure that has been on the rise since the onset of Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Is any of this real?
Obviously, one is a TV show based on a video game plot, but ever since we all got locked down with minimal access to the outside world aside from the internet and our devices, the question of 'What if,' has never been greater?
Why is the new fungus becoming a greater concern?
The biggest reason is the fungus appears to be what's considered to have antimicrobial resistance (AR), and therefore it is very difficult to kill. This warning is to everyone, not just the state of Texas.
“The rapid rise and geographic spread of cases is concerning and emphasizes the need for continued surveillance, expanded lab capacity, quicker diagnostic tests, and adherence to proven infection prevention and control,” said CDC epidemiologist Dr. Meghan Lyman, lead author of the paper.
What should I do to avoid being at risk?
This is very similar to combating Covid-19. Keep yourself healthy by eating right, exercising, washing your hands, keeping common surfaces clean etc.
Based on the information thus far in this article, "In general, C. auris is not a threat to healthy people. People who are very sick, have invasive medical devices, or have long or frequent stays in healthcare facilities are at increased risk for acquiring C. auris."