This installment of zombie outbreak preparation public service announcement articles has show spoilers for AMC’s big hit The Walking Dead, AMC’s soon to be hit Fear the Walking Dead, and a few other staple zombie movies and shows like Michael Jackson’s zombie epic Thriller music video. So, if you are not up to date on these products, you will want to look away now. Now!
First, this article is primarily about what people need to do to get ready for a real zombie apocalypse. If you’ve been paying attention to all of my previous articles on the subject, you by now know a zombie apocalypse is a real thing that’s possible. There are historical accounts of zombie outbreaks in ancient Egypt, Nazi Germany, and even the Civil War. Just do your own homework and Google these topics so you won’t think I am just making this all up. However, you could just read all my earlier articles.
As previously stated, The Walking Dead (TWD) TV show is unequivocally phenomenal. The show is exceptional for its characters, storylines, drama, and plots. Catch up on Netflix and ITunes but get caught up fast before it’s too late, before your friends and family turn into zombies and eat you alive. The CDC also supports the show as shown in the show’s season 1, episode 5 “Wildfire” where our tragic heroes make it to the CDC in Atlanta looking for some sort of salvation. They don’t find salvation, just more trouble.
The show, other movies like Contagion, websites like survivetheoutbreak.com where you can decide how you would survive an outbreak, and my articles, all work to contribute to the CDC’s and the WHO’s (www.who.int) global public awareness strategic priorities. Public awareness is the world’s number one strategy to fight pandemic viral outbreaks. Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Avian Flu, Ebola, MERS, New York’s Legionnaires’ disease, and freaking killer amoebas in the New Orleans water supply are just a few of the outbreaks happening worldwide right now. You need to know which of these is most likely to become the global pandemic outbreak that sparks the zombie apocalypse and why. Instead of spending all your free time screwing around on social media or playing Candy Crush or Words with Friends, take a break and use your cell phones and pads to look up content that can actually help save your life. The information is out there. Go get it! However, you could just read all my earlier articles.
Late in the last season of TWD, Sergeant Abraham Ford said, “There is a vast ocean of shit you people don’t know shit about. Rick knows every grain of said shit and then some.” He was right about the vast ocean of shit that can be a global pandemic outbreak and a pandemic zombie apocalypse, but Rick isn’t the only one who knows all said grains of the shits and then some. Trust me and keep reading my content and your chances of surviving the apocalypse will improve. I have expert level familiarity with the shits and all its grains.
There are several minor distinctions worth noting between the reality of a zombie outbreak and the shows. Not long after leaving the CDC, Rick tells the rest of his band, “We’re all infected.” By this, it means that if anyone dies, they will become a zombie because everyone is a carrier of the Z-virus. Why do real life medical examiners note a person’s official time of death only after they remove the person’s brain? Think about it. Once the brain is out, you’re officially dead and you’re not going to reanimate and become the living dead. Today’s real life basic medical requirements and practices have been shaped by past zombie outbreaks.
While Ricks we’re-all-infected idea is a bit of an exaggeration, it’s not far off from what I have been saying for years. In truth, the Z-virus lies dormant in certain people naturally, not all people. It’s a dormant virus and like any number of countless dormant viruses infecting millions of people around the world and infecting every species of life on this planet, the Z-virus waits its turn to spring up and reproduce. It strategizes and its best strategy is to wait for that perfect moment when we are all very busy trying to survive a deadly pandemic flu outbreak that already wiped out a billion people around the world.
CDC and WHO epidemiologists estimate that we are now overdue for a global pandemic that will make the Spanish Flu of 1918 look like happy hour thanks to all the easy travel and proliferation of human contact. Countless people can be in Canada or Mexico at 8am today and then be in Japan or Sweden before sundown with all their viruses, microbes, and deadly germs tagging along. Thousands of travelers with all their hugs, kisses, hand shakes, high fives, touching surfaces, and let’s not forget their sexual relations are blindly ready to help spread the next pandemic right now. Viral outbreaks can go global a lot easier than they could 100 years ago.
Another distinction between real zombie outbreaks and the TV shows worth noting relates to zombie behavior. Zombies act as single solitary entities and as hordes looking to bite to infect and sometimes biting to maintain an operating metabolism; they eat flesh so they can continue to bite and infect. Zombies will generally stop attacking a person before that person is dead. This helps to make more zombies and infect more people. Think about it.
World War Z showed how zombies tend to not attack people who cannot spread the virus. This behavior accomplished through pheromones. Sick people, dead people, infected people, and living non-infected people smell differently at a pheromonal level. This is how a dog with a sense of smell greater than any person’s can smell if someone has cancer – www.dogsdetectcancer.org.
We’ve all heard that an animal like a bear can smell fear. The body gives off olfactory signals. The body even detects olfactory signals at a subconscious level that you are never aware of. Zombies have been shown in Texas A&M and Harvard studies to have a greater sense of pheromonal detection that even exceeds the typical dog or bear and zombies act on these olfactory stimulations automatically and unconsciously. Zombie behavior is not random or unpredictable. The zombie brain works on stimulus protocols.
This is why zombies will be pretty close by after you take a nap. This is why zombies gravitate to an encampment of survivors. This is why you cannot hide from zombies under a bed or in a closet. This is why you cannot dress up like a zombie and pretend to be a zombie and walk right past them. This is why killing a zombie always attracts more zombies…just like when you swat a bee. When you kill a zombie it releases pheromones that attract other zombies. This is also why zombies will always chase after someone that is uninfected. This is why those of us who have been Z-virus vaccinated can walk amongst the dead without them harassing us, mostly.
Like snakes, and their ability to detect scents in the air, zombies also have other heightened sense abilities when their eyes and ears decompose and deteriorate beyond usefulness. Interesting enough, not too long ago there was a theory that zombies could detect heat signatures much like pit vipers; however, this was disproven beginning with the Nazi WWII zombie experiments. Those same studies showed that zombies do have a working sense of electromagnetic fields. An old decomposed blind and deaf zombie will still sense where you are because as the basic components of the brain start to decay, less modern ancient abilities of the brain become the primary sensory options. Zombies can sense people by their EMFs much like sharks do. These facts are generally unexplored in most zombie shows and movies.
As the deep dive on all things zombie continues, keep these nuggets of zombie outbreak survival knowledge in mind. When watching TWD and Fear the Walking Dead, try to notice zombie behavior. Try to notice when the zombies stop eating on some poor victim. Try to notice how a zombie finds victims. Try to notice what works to distract a zombie and what doesn’t work. You will be tested soon.
Now, did you get your flu shot, are you washing your hands frequently, are you staying away from sick people, are you collecting the emergency short-term and long-term supplies you will need, and are you working on your toughness groove? You’re running out of time.
When the fecal matter impacts the rotating aerial oscillator, where will you get you prescriptions filled? Where will you get your morning Starbucks? Where will you get your food and water? Where will you go when your neighborhood is compromised? What of value can you trade for goods? What will you do? Who will you become? Will you live long and prosper or die fast? Tune in here and you just might learn enough to survive. In the next article I’ll talk about zombie horde behavior and offer a few more survival tips.