With films like Zombieland, Resident Evil, Dawn of the Dead, and 28 Days Later, more and more scientists are researching into the idea whether or not there is a possibility of a major breakout of a disease that could cause a ‘zombie’ like appearance.
If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilization unless dealt with quickly and aggressively,according to the conclusion of a mathematical exercise carried out by researchers in Canada.
In some respects, a zombie “plague” resembles a lethal, rapidly spreading infection. The researchers say the exercise could help scientists model the spread of unfamiliar diseases through human populations.
“In their study, the researchers from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University (also in Ottawa) posed a question: If there was to be a battle between zombies and the living, who would win,” asked the BBC.
Their analysis revealed that a approach of capturing or curing the zombies would only put off the unavoidable.
In their scientific paper, the authors finished that humanity’s only hope is to “hit them [the undead] hard and hit them often . . . it’s imperative that zombies are dealt with quickly or else… we are all in a great deal of trouble.”
According to the researchers, the key variation between the zombies and the spread of real infections is that “zombies can come back to life”.
Professor Neil Ferguson, who is one of the UK government‘s chief advisers on controlling the spread of swine flu, said the study had parallels with some infectious diseases.
“None of them actually cause large-scale death or disease, but certainly there are some fungal infections which are difficult to eradicate,” said Professor Ferguson, “my understanding of zombie biology is that if you manage to decapitate a zombie then its dead forever. So perhaps they are being a little over-pessimistic when they conclude that zombies might take over a city in three or four days.”
So, take this into consideration when you are playing a video game, watching a movie, or reading a book about zombies. There is always a possibility.