The world as we know it is teetering on the brink of collapse.
Economies are failing, world leaders are losing their minds and everyone is turning on each other. Against this kind of backdrop, it feels almost inevitable that, at some point in time, a zombie apocalypse will arrive.
Zombies may be an entirely fictional concept, cooked up in part by the late, great George A. Romero, but given the way things are going it would be foolish to rule out the possibility of a zombie invasion.
So how do you go about preparing yourself? According to the experts over at Cornell University there are a few things you can do to better ready yourself.
That’s right: genuine scientists have been investigating the potential fallout from a made-up scenario from a TV show.
Using the United States as the basis for their research, the scientists determined that the best way to avoid death is to head to the hills or mountains. Basically anywhere sparsely populated and difficult to get to.
If you stay in a city, you’re toast. They got paid to find this out.
Unfortunately, it’s quite difficult to determine how fast the outbreak would grow, given that it’s, you know, made up. However, they were able to build a simulation based on modern epidemiology modelling.
“At their heart, the simulations are akin to modelling chemical reactions taking place between different elements,” lead research Alexander Alemi explained to Eureka Alert.
“In this case, we have four states a person can be in–human, infected, zombie, or dead zombie–with approximately 300 million people.
Unfortunately, the research revealed that escaping the city may only offer temporary resite – after around 28 days, zombies are likely to move away from these urban areas in search of more food.
“Given the dynamics of the disease, once the zombies invade more sparsely populated areas, the whole outbreak slows down–there are fewer humans to bite, so you start creating zombies at a slower rate,” Ademi added.
“I’d love to see a fictional account where most of New York City falls in a day, but upstate New York has a month or so to prepare.”
It’s probably worth remembering this is all a bit of fun. You don’t need to start stocking up on tinned goods and water before taking a trip up into the woods. Give it a couple of years though…