The Fungus Among Us
Viruses and bacteria aren't the only microbial pathogens that plague us. Fungal diseases abound, too, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people are unaware of them, even though they result in more than $7 billion in health costs annually.
Experts surveyed 3,600 people across the country and found that a majority had never heard of any of these common fungal diseases: candidiasis (which can be a vaginal yeast infection or oral thrush), aspergillosis (which can cause a clump of mold in the lungs) and blastomycosis (caused by inhaling fungal spores and endemic in the eastern part of the country).
Women were more likely to be aware of fungal infections than men.
Trust in Science
It might not seem like it at times, but the latest 3M State of Science report says people's trust in science is at an all-time high, perhaps due to the pandemic. The report surveyed 1,000 people across 14 countries before the pandemic and another 1,000 in 11 countries from August to October 2020.
Nearly 90% said they now trust science and scientists, and 77% supported increased funding for the field. More than half said science is important to their everyday lives.
Americans were generally reflective of the overall conclusions.
Body of Knowledge
According to Mental Floss, the annual number of worldwide shark bites is 10 times less than the number of people bitten by other people in New York.
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