The COVID-19 pandemic and the novel coronavirus irrevocably altered the state of human life throughout the world in the years that is most predominantly ran rampant. Social, cultural, and economic normalcies were completely changed, often inorganically and by the forced mandates of governing bodies. These changes were the most significant in the western world. In the United States, in many states, school was held “remotely” for over a year. Children experienced widespread learning loss, and many in vulnerable age groups were the most adversely affected, falling behind in terms of social development. In states with the most stringent policies (like New York and New Jersey), learning loss was seriously high.
Undoubtedly, though, the virus was serious, and over 1 million Americans died from the various strains of COVID. Regardless, many individuals’ civil liberties were openly violated and restricted in the name of public safety. In the Garden State, Democrat governor Phil Murphy’s massive shutdowns gutted the state’s economy. Hundreds of thousands of small businesses were forced to close their doors, with many never reopening. Murphy even attempted to place restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather for holiday festivities during Thanksgiving.
In recent times, a dangerous natural substance has been discovered by scientists which may pose a threat to humans. In Barcelona, Spain, the fungus Candida Orthopsilosis was discovered and deemed a brand new species. Scientists have claimed that it originated from two other types of fungus and hybridized; these officials are blaming global warming and climate change as the cause of this occurrence. Troublingly, the fungus has the ability to infect humans, grow at high temperatures, and even resist antifungal medications. Scientists say that this is only the first hybrid fungus and believe that as global warming accelerates, more may appear. Scientists have also blamed the massive usage of fungicide for the rise in the potential for new strains of fungus. The fungus especially threatens immunocompromised individuals.