Could we be the last of us ?

Yes or No

Introduction

In the incredible game " The Last Of Us ", 60% of the global population 4.25 billion more than the entire population of Asia { 4.14 billion } have suddenly seize to exist or no longer people.

  • Main Question: Could a pandemic like this actually exist.....???

We only have to go 95 years back to 1918 near the end of world war one, to witness one of the most disastrous and deadly pandemics in human history, the Spanish Flu. This variety of AV influenza killed an estimated of 50 million to 100 million people, more than 3x the people that died in the actual war, and with the world wide population at the time of 1.85 billion, had wiped out 3% to 5% of the population and that was only in 1 year, but the flu is a virus the actually exists, and in the fiction the last of us we are dealing with a fungus an organism that also actually exists.

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Part 1

CORDYCEPS

Cordyceps - A fungal parasite that infects and takes over insects.

( Most affected insects would be ants.)

  • Most well known is OPHIOCORDYCEPS UNILATERALIS, which affects ants turning them into zombies.
  • Effect Steps
  1. A spore from the cordyceps enters the ants body controlling its brain also its movements and actions.
  2. Not long after the ant finds a perfect place to die the fruiting body of the fungus grows out of the ants head and a slew of spores are released to the unsuspected ant population, it is been known to decimate entire colonies.

Modern diseases

60% of all modern diseases come from animals especially those we live in close contact with. Like domesticated animals.

  • From cattle we get measles, tuberculosis, and small pox
  • from pigs/birds we get the flu
  • from chimpanzees we get AIDS.

*All of these started as in fictions that couldn't be spread, but after years of these microbes being around us they adapted to our biology.

Are we secured???

Although, we don't come in close contact with ants and most people don't eat ants that's good ;However other animals eat ants and in some point in this parasitic food chain lies humans, and considering diseases have been able to mutate and progress from domesticated animals to us, it isn't that crazy that a fungal infection who's only reason is to spread in survive, could adapt and involve to lay claim in the top of that food chain.

Example

A great example of microbe ingenuity is Jared Diamond's amazing book "Guns, Germs, And Steel". He talks about the bacterial disease typhus and how it was transmitted from

Typhus --> Rat fleas --> Rats --> HUMANS

But after a while typhus found an easier way to infect us by cutting out the unnecessary carriers and going from

Typhus --> Human Body Lice --> Humans.

Biggest Difference !!!

If a fungal parasite like a cordycep could infect humans as it does in THE LAST OF US, how long would it take to spread? One of the biggest differences between the Spanish flu in 1918 in the modern day pandemic is that how connected we are. It would have taken 2 weeks to spread from New York to Germany it could be done on 8 hours by plane.

Affect Of The Spread And Plans In Place AND ONE MAIN POINT

Using a Global Epidemic and Mobility Software and some Perimeters of the game you could create a model and simulate what the transmission and spread would look like. In about 60 days the fungal parasite would of infected the majority of the planet, and you know things are looking pretty bad when not even Madagascar is safe. But that doesn't mean the governments of the world don't have plans in place. Most governments like the U.S. in particular have strategies for Biological Threats, Counter Terrorism, and the one that applies to this situation The National Strategy For Pandemic Influenza in it the high fatality domestically is 2 million, or less than 1% of the U.S., this incredibly 233 paged document really drives home one main point, that is Sustain Infrastructure, Mitigate impact to Economy and Function of Society. A virus or Disease or a parasite don't affect power lines, internet, nor cars, the affect people who make those things work, when 60% of the entire population over 4 Billion people stop BEING!

Conclusion

When a fungal parasite like a cordycep could eventually breakout; When teachers, doctors, mechanics, and mailman vanish and what we know of society crumbles all that's left is " THE LAST OF US ''