Researchers have demonstrated how pathogenic fungi could evolve in a “warming climate” to better withstand the heat inside our bodies. This news comes right after the United States and Asia experienced a record cold snap.
Considering most of those in the Northern Hemisphere are now more concerned about finding enough energy and being able to afford to heat their homes, the thought of “global warming” is laughable.
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Considering it’s that heat that does most of the job of protecting us against these threats, the implication is that these pathogens might become a greater hazard in terms of disease as they adapt to a planet that is consistently getting hotter. -Science Alert
“These are not infectious diseases in the communicable sense; we don’t transmit fungi to each other,” says molecular geneticist and microbiologist Asiya Gusa from the Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina. “We breathe in spores of fungi all the time and our immune systems are equipped to fight them.”
For now, the fear-mongering over a fungal pathogen is limited. But the “authorities” are saying face masks will work:
Fungal spores are generally larger than viruses, so precautions such as face masks will be more effective against them. -Science Alert
What the research does show, according to those in charge, is that increased heat drives faster genetic changes in the fungus, Cryptococcus deneoformans. The takeaway is that this “dangerous” fungi could be evolving more quickly than we thought as temperatures around the globe climb higher. But are temperatures getting higher? And if they are, is that necessarily a bad thing?