I love zombie movies and shows. The Walking Dead is awesome and very popular. Have you ever wondered what would happen in a real life zombie apocalypse? These researchers have looked at hypothetical virus outbreaks like those depicted in movies and television.
This research was published in the University of Leicester’s peer-reviewed Journal of Physics Special Topics. It is a simulation of how quickly a virus could wipe out the planet’s population. The model divides the population into those who are infected, those susceptible to it, and those who have either recovered or died.
One scenario assumed that a zombie would live for 20 days, and have a 90 percent chance of finding and infecting at least one person per day. With our population of 7.5 billion people, we could be reduced to 100 to 200 survivors within 100 days.
This is a grim outlook; however, this is the worst-case scenario. It doesn’t mention humans hiding and fighting back. As the population decreases, the zombies would have a harder time finding people to infect. In this scenario, all of the zombies would be dead within 1,000 days. Civilization could come back within 10,000 days (27 years).
Many scientists are saying that a similar virus and similar outbreak is a possibility. Jonathan D. Dinman, PhD, Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland, told redOrbit:
“I think that the Zombie Virus already exists (almost): Rabies. Infection is nearly 100 percent lethal, i.e. it turns you into the walking dead (for a while at least), and it causes you to change your behavior by reprogramming you to bite other people to spread the infection. Now if only it kept the corpse walking around.”
Maybe, this might make The Walking Dead seem that much scarier.
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