First things first. Before surviving a possible zombie attack, we need to identify who are these creatures. ZOMBIES– the word itself gives you a horrific feeling, and rightly so it should be. A zombie is an un-dead creature which rose from THE DEAD. Many people believe that zombies are fictional characters as there were no real evidence to prove their existence. But you never know, thus its better to be ready rather than arguing about it.
Zombie folklore has been around for centuries in Haiti, possibly originating in the 17th century, when West African slaves were brought in to work on Haiti’s sugar cane plantations. Some reports identify those brutal conditions were represented through zombies. Furthermore, some believe that zombies can be called back by a voodoo practitioner know as a bokor. Bokors have a tradition of using herbs, shells, fish, animal parts, bones and other objects to create “zombie powders,” which contain tetrodotoxin, a deadly neurotoxin found in pufferfish and some other marine species.
Used carefully at sub-lethal doses, the tetrodotoxin combination may cause zombie-like symptoms such as difficulty walking, mental confusion and respiratory problems.
High doses of tetrodotoxin can lead to paralysis and coma. This could cause someone to appear dead and be buried alive – then later revived.
In the modern-day zombies are partially different. They rapidly increase the population through a virus. The virus may be spread by saliva or blood transmission. Therefore, nowadays zombies are recognized more as a disease that can be diagnosed from one person to another.
The walking dead can be identified easily if you keep your eyes open. Zombies don’t understand themselves. They look dazed and confused. Moreover, they are unable to speak, but they moan and groan. Physically you can see blood all over their body especially around the mouth. Torn and dirty clothes are also another significant characteristic of them.
Considering the above information now we can prepare for a zombie apocalypse. In a zombie apocalypse, a widespread rise of zombie’s hostile to human life engages in a general assault on civilization. But, some sort of zombie apocalypse isn’t actually possible, right?
Unfortunately, it’s quite possible according to science.
1. Brain parasites
These are small bugs which can crawl into your brain and take control of it. That’s ridiculous! Well in the real world it is not, because parasites can be found in the brain of rats. Then they are forced to get itself eaten by the one next in the food chain- the cat.
It is a type of poison that can malfunction your entire body and drag you to a coma. Most of the time it will erase your memory and only primary functions such as eating sleeping or moaning will be possible.
3. The real rage virus
Due to various mental disorders this disease can be diagnosed. There are some movies which based on this scenario where people kill each other without any specific reason. Therefore, this is another situation which can convert to an apocalypse.
Test are being carried all around the world on cell research. In those laboratories some tests might fail and result in worse conditions. In such situations zombies might be created.
The artificial breed of parasites. This is an advanced technology in microscopic biotechnology. These are very tiny robots programmed to creep into your brain to cure any disease. But what if they go out of control? Zombies won’t be far way!
Let’s survive from the un-dead.
Its better to be prepared for an apocalypse even before it gets started. So, an emergency survival kit is a must. Basically, it consists of water, food(non-perishable), medication, hygiene (soap, towel, hand sanitizer), utility supplies (torch, battery, knife etc.). Next, prepare a plan for easiest routes of escape. In a close-range situation, you should be able to get physical. Which simply means RUN FOR YOUR LIFE. Knowledge and experience in first aid might help you to recover from your wounds, but not save your infected friend though. If by some unfortunate chance you’ve taken all the precautions but still find yourself face-to-face with a zombie, whatever your weapon of choice, always go for decapitation. Team up with your buddies to increase the chances of survival. As they rightly say a fagot is always stronger than a stick of wood. If by any chance your friend gets infected, then my friend-its time to say goodbye to him.
Well there are some real-life examples that proved the mythological term- zombies exist. But I don’t want to scare you no more. In fact, now you know how to handle the situation and to survive a deadly attack. Hope you will make it to the survivors’ lounge.
P.S. Share the word. Might save some more lives!
Written by –
Rtr. Sithum Gammanage