Much has been talked about zombies and if they were possible at all. Numerous research studies have revealed that they could actually happen and that zombies are not all made up. However, the type of zombie manifestation and extent of its outbreak has yet to be determined and humans need not look at it based on what is portrayed in movies. Nonetheless, it does not hurt to be prepared – you need to anticipate when a zombie outbreak could happen in order to protect yourself from it.
Is the Zombie Apocalypse Really Coming?
A few decades ago, one might laugh at the question. Today, it is a totally different story. Several zombie films and TV shows later, scientific experts have taken the subject more seriously. More and more studies are being conducted in an effort to analyze the possible sources of a zombie outbreak and what can be done about them.
One of the most compelling piece of information about zombie apocalypse as shown in movies and on TV is how fast they spread. The method of contracting a virus is almost as important as the virus itself. To determine if a zombie apocalypse is really coming and when (if at all), it is important to take those two factors into consideration.
Health Experts Study on Zombie Apocalypse
The most recent and highly publicized study regarding zombies and a possible apocalypse was conducted by an Associate Professor at Kent State University – Tara Smith. In her research, which was published in British Medical Journal, titled “Zombie Infections: Epidemiology, Treatment and Prevention”, Dr. Smith looked at fictional diseases in order to study the acquisition and spread of such diseases in terms of real life applications.
Just as in most zombie films, there is no real way to predict when a zombie outbreak is going to happen. Most types of infection are left undetected until the virus has reached an advanced stage. At this point, they are a) difficult to contain and b) has spread tremendously over the entire population.
One important data that Dr. Smith was able to gather during her research was linked to the manifestation of symptoms. In her study, Dr. Smith revealed that the symptoms for the infected humans were uniform. However, the rate at which the symptoms became evident was not. Some would exhibit the symptoms almost instantaneously while others might take days to develop the symptoms.
The information provided within the study by health experts at Kent State University provides important insight into the study of zombie outbreak. At the same time, it also opens the eyes of humans on how to handle real diseases. Whether the outbreak will turn humans into zombies, it is very much like the spread of viruses resulting in diseases such as the Ebola Virus, Zika virus, MERS-CoV virus, and Chikungunya virus, to name a few. Even though patients who were affected by these viruses did not necessarily exhibit symptoms similar to that of zombies, their spread is massive and rapid enough to be categorized as an outbreak. The ability to handle such types of outbreaks is a glimpse of how humans will survive a zombie outbreak, should one ever happen in the future.