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The Fungus that is Among Us


There is a video game out there called "The Last of Us." They have capitalized on the game's popularity by creating a series on HBO/Max. The premise of the story is this: "After a global pandemic destroys civilization, a hardened survivor takes charge of a 14-year-old girl who may be humanity's last hope." The story revolves around the handful of survivors—primarily Joel and Ellie—who may be humanity's last hope. The story takes place after the Cordyceps infection ravaged America.


The Cordyceps infection is a fungus that grows within a human being—not "real" that I know of, at least not yet—it takes over the body and the brain turning the infected person into a zombie-like creature that wants to kill anyone who isn't infected.


Well, as I said above, I don't think this is real—yet.


But there is a fungus that is currently among us that can be deadly.


Candida auris


As stated by an article on MSN, "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a deadly fungus in the Candida genus, Candida auris, is adapting to become resistant to drugs. While this doesn't present a problem for healthy people, it can cause severe illness and even death for those who have weakened immune systems."


We are seeing more and more bugs and fungi that are becoming resistant to drugs and treatments. It can be very scary out there.

Candida auris—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The article goes on to say "the CDC estimates that between 30 percent and 60 percent of people infected with the fungus have died. While these numbers are alarming, they're based on a very limited sample of people-those who have been admitted to medical facilities due to severe illness caused by the deadly fungus. That relatively small sample group only includes people who already had compromised immune systems, used invasive medical devices or had extended or frequent stays at medical facilities."


The CDC themselves say this about Candida auris—"Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. CDC is concerned about C. auris for three main reasons:

  1. It is often multidrug-resistant, meaning that it is resistant to multiple antifungal drugs commonly used to treat Candida infections. Some strains are resistant to all three available classes of antifungals.

  2. It is difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods, and it can be misidentified in labs without specific technology. Misidentification may lead to inappropriate management.

  3. It has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings. For this reason, it is important to quickly identify C. auris in a hospitalized patient so that healthcare facilities can take special precautions to stop its spread.

CDC encourages all U.S. laboratory staff who identify C. auris to notify their state or local public health authorities and CDC at candidaauris@cdc.gov.


According to CDC, here is what you need to know about it.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • C. auris, first identified in 2009 in Asia, has quickly become a cause of severe infections around the world.

  • C. auris is a concerning drug-resistant fungus:

• Often multidrug-resistant, with some strains (types) resistant to all three available classes of antifungals • Can cause outbreaks in healthcare facilities • Some common healthcare disinfectants are less effective at eliminating it • Can be carried on patients’ skin without causing infection, allowing spread to others Data represents U.S. cases only. Isolates are pure samples of a germ.


In some patients, this yeast can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing serious invasive infections.


But, as the CDC points out, this increase in cases has been mostly limited to healthcare facilities.


What can we do to protect ourselves?


The old standby is always helpful—Wash your hands with soap and water!


Hand sanitizer also works in the absence of soap and water.



Our BioProtect Hydrating Hand Sanitizer is on clearance right now. Check it out!


We are not saying that washing your hands or using hand sanitizer or other products will prevent Candida auris. But check this out:


Many products are being tested through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the elimination of the Candida Auris fungus. We are confident that Goldshield and P&C will kill this fungus, although we are waiting on the final testing results as are most other companies. It is a fungus and our products have been proven to kill most other types.


Our Goldshield One-Step Disinfectant has four ammoniums in its active ingredients. This is vital in killing many types of bacteria and fungi.



Here's some basic information on our BioProtect Hydrating Hand Sanitizer (which is on clearance right now at amazing prices):

BIOPROTECT™ Hydrating Hand Sanitizer

  • BIOPROTECT™ Hydrating Hand Sanitizer is an FDA-registered hand sanitizer that kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria on your hands up to 6 hours!

  • Moisturizes and hydrates hands as it kills germs and bacteria.

  • Infused with soothing aloe vera.

  • Fragrance-free, dye-free, paraben-free, and sulfate-free.


You can also check out our Goldshield products. We also have an amazing hand sanitizer in that line.

1.7 oz container. Moisturizing foam, alcohol and methanol free kills 99.99% of illness-causing germs and common bacteria for hours per application. Instantly protect and noticeably soften your hands with this hydrating, no-drip hand sanitizer that won’t dry, crack, burn, or irritate your skin. The best part is that the Goldshield formula allows our hand sanitizer to safely remain on your skin for hours (alcohol-based alternatives lose 100% effectiveness once they dry) protecting from both airborne and surface germs and common bacteria. In this convenient size just throw it in your purse or kids’ backpacks and you’re ready to take on whatever life brings you.


But it isn't just your hands that you want to protect and defend.


We have a full line of disinfecting products that will make your home, office, church, workplace, or any other place cleaner and sanitized.



We are switching over to the Goldshield line along with other Pure&Clean and Xanigo products. Our Vital Oxide and BioProtect products are still available for a limited time in the Clearance section under the Shop tab above. You can use the links on the product names to easily see a description and pricing for these highly effective and safer products.


Our products are highly effective in cleaning and prevention. We hope you will check out more of our site and find exactly what meets your needs.



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