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What is the fungus causing the virus in “The Last of Us”?

Cordyceps Fungus
Is The Cordyceps Mushroom From “The Last Of Us” Real? – Photo: Getty Images and Instagram

Siri “last of us“, based on eponymous video game, created a sensation among the audience for its enigmatic first chapter. In this tale, the two main characters are survivors of a global pandemic Due to “cordyceps”, a virus sent by a mushroom Which caused the transformation of humans into cannibalistic creatures. is it real? Reply expert.

How Real Is the Cordyceps Mushroom From “The Last of Us”?

in mythology Videojuego “The Last of Yous”, transition Cordyceps is that a fungus attacks the human brain so rapidly that it practically destroys it completely Disease was acquired due to contact with people crops They were shipped all over the world.

Although there is no scientific evidence that such an infection is real hongor described above exists, and according to the journal Mexican Biodiversity published by the Institute of Biology of UNAM, it is a species of fungus highly diverse invertebrate parasites composed of more than 500 species,

This is what the Cordyceps fungus looks like in real life – Photo: Getty Images

According to UNAM researchers, cordyceps species They have a wide variety of hosts; most have parasites insects of various orders and arachnids. In addition, there are a small number of species parasite of fungi of the genus elaphomyces neese,

and although video gameslast of us“Given this name a bad name, experts point out that Cordyceps species have been used for many years traditional medicine from Asian countries like China, Korea
and Japan and it has been verified that they have components bioactive A secondary metabolite with cordycepin-like properties beneficial to human health Anticarcinogenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory,

What is the transition of video games and series?

developed in the imagination”last of us“The infection killed half the population in a short period of time, and this is the key imaginary disease is that it develops in three stages. According to the site created by Video Game Fandom, these are the steps Infection,

  1. First stage This begins within two days of infection, with the host losing much of their higher brain function, causing them to become hyper-aggressive and unable to reason or think rationally.
  2. In two weeks, the guest enters step 2 Infection, in which the fungus begins to change your vision as a result of the progressive growth of fungus on your scalp and corruption of your visual cortex.
  3. After one year of infection, the infection enters step three, Scarred his face and left him blind, causing him to develop a primitive form of echolocation to compensate.

If the host survives for more than a decade, it reaches the fourth stage. develop fungal plaques andMost of his body became tight. When the fungus kills the host, the host develops stalk-like fungal projections that release infectious spores,

  • According to the video game, the virus It is spread by saliva and those who are infected bite others, although some people may become immune.

day iInfection It can also be spread through bites from live hosts. The host can become infected while it is still alive, because mushroom It cannot infect corpses due to its parasitic nature, although infected dead can release spores regardless of stage, say fans of the game. Video game,

It is worth remembering that fungi Cordyceps does not cause infection in humans and “infects”The Last of Us” is completely fictional And although it has similar effects on its actual hosts, these species do not pose a real threat to humans. human beings,

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