Saturday, 28 January 2023

We underestimate this at our peril

The Last of Us: Could a fungal pandemic turn us all into zombies?

"I think we underestimate fungal infections at our peril," Dr Neil Stone, leading fungal expert at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London, tells me.

Scary stuff, but it raises the crucial question - how will we know if our brains have been turned to mush?


DiscoveredJoys said...

To be brutal I don't really care for this catastrophism. It's not that long ago that we were warned of the impending population bomb, the coming Ice Age, Peak Oil and so on.

Perhaps one day we will encounter the modern equivalent of the Black Death which really was a problem. But 'experts' warning us of future catastrophes are probably just polishing their self-interest.

Nothing to see here, just move on.

Ed P said...

Please stop giving BillyGatesGruff new ideas for genocide! And Big Harmer, who'll have an expensive non-cure ready before you know it.

A K Haart said...

DJ - I agree, mostly polishing their self-interest. Harold Camping was at least entertaining.

A K Haart said...

Ed - Big Harmer already has something else in the pipeline - see next post.

Doonhamer said...

Leg-Iron posted such a tale back in October/ November. An extract from his Hallow'een story collection.
Humans infected by fungi because of unnatural diet. Bugs.
Similar to result of feeding chickens to cows.

A K Haart said...

Doonhamer - I'm sure I once read a science fiction story about a deadly fungal infection of the lungs via airborne spores. I always thought it sounded plausible.