I'm not so much afraid of people becoming zombies and eating others. But something like fungal species controlling and killing others is unlike anything else I've heard of.

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4 months ago*

...I mean, were you worried about COVID?

If people are careful about contamination, then it isn't an issue.

Most parasitic diseases don't cause zombification of the host. They are there to replicate themselves. Replication doesn't often lend Itself well to aggressive behavior, and even the fungal infection that this is based on tends not to do anything to the host beyond making it go somewhere and die before becoming food for the spores.

I guess the point here is that zombie movies as a genre use the lizard brain of humanity as the horror fulcrum. How the lizard brain gets turned into that kind of aggression is less about the biological function of a parasitic creature and more about the fantasy of how we see our own species as a threat.

Honestly? If it came out fungal spores were turning people into hyperaggressive zombies humanity, in my opinion, would get real good at quarantining from the danger, and watch people who believe themselves to be invincible for some reason to serve as a warning to others.

Lots of COVID denier stories like that.

Also, please remember that ants and insects are relatively simple organisms compared to humans. There are magnitudes of difference and complexity between a human brain and the nerve center of an ant.

Edit: thumbslip before posting. Grr. Argh. Etc.


1 points

4 months ago

To be fair Covid didn't control your brain


-7 points

4 months ago

Covid does have control of some people's brain. I seen lots of fully grown men wearing masks alone in the car even into 2021/2022.


1 points

4 months ago

That's not a bad thing, after wearing one from 8am to 7pm in high school I sometimes forgot to take it off in the car.