Dreamer's Refuge

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Climate Change and Disease

Saw an interesting study:

Rise of Candida auris blamed on global warming
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190723085941.htm

The argument that we are making based on comparison to other close relative fungi is that as the climate has gotten warmer, some of these organisms, including Candida auris, have adapted to the higher temperature, and as they adapt, they break through human’s protective temperatures…

This begs the question of what will happen to viruses and bacterial infections as those too adapt to warmer weather.  Our bodies raise our temperatures when we get sick to fight off the infection, hoping that the heat kills these microbes.  If these microbes adapt to hotter weather, however, it will be harder for our bodies to fight off.

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