6 Crazy Zombie Outbreak Scenarios That You Haven’t Prepared For
Okay, I know I’m not the first to say this, but it’s generally true, that deep down, we are all looking forward to a zombie outbreak
That said, it’s also true that we all could stand to learn a little bit more about what we will be up against, so here it is guys and gals, a survival and scenario guide to the zombie apocalypse, brought to you by the guys from the Zombie POD.
To start, we have to discuss the source, which can cause a bit of a stir depending on who you talk to, so we are going to try and cover all the basics. Firstly, it is often difficult to mark the source of a zombie outbreak, as with a lot of movies, especially those created in the Romero heyday, the origins of the virus / contamination / curse / radiation etc. are often blindsided, not to deliberately burden the plot line, but instead it is used to steer the storyline away from the grandiose scheme of zombie outbreak and instead narrow the audiences focus on the individual characters that are presented to the audience.
Six Possible Zombie Outbreak Scenarios:
1.) Perhaps the military dun goofed with a ‘bio weapon gone bad?’ Because let’s be honest, we never know what our governments get up to behind closed doors.
2.) Maybe some nut job with some spare cash finances the release of a deadly virus? Imagine Pinky and the Brain trying to take over the world, but with zombies.
3.) Did you ever consider a fungal infection being the cause of a zombie outbreak? Hmmm did you?
Well its plausible, for example some ants in in the world when infected with a fungal spore called the ‘Ophiocordyceps fungus’ are prone to feast upon fellow ants in order to feed the parasitic fungal infection that is controlling them. Who knows, maybe a nut-job scientist could engineer this 48 million year old fungus to control humans and hey-presto, we have a zombie apocalypse on our hands!
4.) Radiation is also a possibility, and there have been examples of radiation mutating cells to an extent, but what would happen if this radiation began decaying all our cells on contact, limiting our brain function to an instinct level, tunnel vision monstrosity, render the human as nothing more than a uni-function feeding unit, a.k.a the zombie.
5.) Urgh… Voodoo. This in my opinion is a bunch of bullshit; however in the interests of this blog, I shall persevere.
Basically, the Afro-Caribbean ‘bokors’ and ‘houngans’ (priests) could apparently revive or reanimate a corpse and have it remain under the control of the bokor. In my opinion this, whether true or not, goes completely against the philosophy of a zombie, as zombies categorically cannot be controlled or domesticated, yet through the magic fun sticks that is voodoo, for some reason they can. Also Humans affected by the houngans / bokors neurotoxin ‘zombie powder’ who then become zombies, are depicted in cinema as showing emotion such as pain and anger when provoked, this is something zombies should not be able to do!
6.) Finally, the good old viral infection!
This is the most common model of a zombie outbreak, where a virus enters your blood stream via a zombie bite or scratch and hops along to the brain where through processes unbeknownst to us, kills us, and then is kind enough to replicate the cells around the frontal lobe in order to turn us into the mindless, shambling zombies we see in the media.
Sticking to the viral infection, transference is 100% commutable and fatal to the recipient, if you are bitten or bled on and a transference of fluids takes place, then you will be infected and begin the long and horrible journey down the rabbit hole into hell. Have fun! The virus itself can only be transferred through fluids mixing, and not through an airborne or waterborne virus as those strains are non-existent (using Max Brooks’ Solanum as my basis here).
Therefore being bitten is not the only way to get infected, if you have sexual contact with an infected person, then you could be infected as well. So basically, don’t have sex with zombies.
Possible Symptoms: Hours post infection / bite:
Hour 1: A metric shit load of pain that will make you cry out for momma! Clotting of the wound and discolouration.
Hour 5: high fever, your forehead will look like Niagara falls you be sweating so much. Also more pain.
Hour 8: Numb bum syndrome will set in, all over your body.
Hour 11: Mental fatigue, slowed heart rate, inability to do fuck all about anything.
Hour 15: Coma.
Hour 20: YO DEAD FOOL.
Hour 24: YO ALIVE AGAIN FOOL… Kind of, you a zombie now! CONGRATULATIONS!
Cross species infection. (spoilers ahead):
Okay the most worrying thing is, will bugs and insects get infected? The answer is a plain and simple no. This is because parasitic and symbiotic insects have developed a sense (my zombie senses are tingling) way to tell if the blood they are about to engulf is zombie blood.
In addition to this Solanum has been known to die off in animals before the regeneration stage of the disease, this is because the biology of humans is different than that of animals, and therefore different strains of the same virus would have to exist in order for animals to become feral flesh addicted monsters!
Thank God for that!
Sorry to burst your bubble guys and gals, but there is no such thing as a treatment when considering a viral infection such as Solanum. Yup you heard it right. HOLY SHIT BALLS WERE DOOMED! The reason there is no such thing as treatment is because this virus is a VIRUS! Not a bacteria; therefore antibiotics will do about as much good as trying to stop a train with a tooth pick.
Also immunization will not work as the virus cannot create dead pathogens; the virus consistently replicates itself through the manipulation of the frontal lobe. Imagine stem cells recreating themselves rather than other cells around the body, that is essentially how this virus operates, and therefore injecting dead pathogens for immunization is futile as they would regenerate and give you the fully fledged ‘fuck you over’ virus.
Severing limbs is an option if the virus has just entered your body through a bite, however, you would be surprised how quickly the blood in your body will circulate, therefore the appendage must be severed immediately, also there is still a chance that the infected blood will mix with the non-infected blood during the operation.
Bloodletting is not an option, as with snake venom, you cannot drain every artery and vein at once, and all arteries and veins link in with each other, so the virus would spread immediately with no chance of being able to expunge every drop of blood from your arm or leg quickly enough.
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