Lately, because of mold problems in the lab, I’ve been having nightmarish visions of fungae growing in my sinuses and eating my brain. I thought I made this disease up, but it turns out it actually exists. It’s called mucormycosis and, in brief, it’s characterised by fungi infecting human flesh in much the same way as mold grows on old fruit. The hyphae invade the sinuses or other vulnerable tissues, choking blood vessels and leaving once-healthy flesh black and withered.
As has so often been the case (e.g. the Great Appendix Incident of 2003), what initially looked like hypochondria on my part was actually more like eerie prescience. In the US there has been a rash of mucormycosis cases in the wake of deadly tornadoes, with the tornadoes presumably dispersing deadly fungal spores.
That’s right: tornados and deadly funguses have finally joined forces, forming a kind of huge, windy, infectious super-organism, along the lines of Sharktopus only way more terrifying. I call it Fungnado. God help us all.
ps. whatever you do, don’t google image mucormycosis.