The Zombie Apocalypse is a metaphor for disaster preparedness
Published in the University of Leicester’s Journal of Physics Special Topics, a fanciful paper utilizing a model epidemiologists use to simulate how diseases spread over time, suggests that the zombie virus is twice as virulent as the dreaded Black Death that decimated Europe’s populations in the 1300’s. The new analysis whimsically assumes that each zombie would have a 90% chance of finding and infecting one human per day. (After all, what are friends for?)
The “study” goes on to suggest that a single zombie would incite the virus outbreak on Day One and that it would take only 20 days for the infection to spread. By the 100th day of the zombie apocalypse, only 181 people on earth will still be alive. After 27 years, humans would begin to replenish the population again.