The CDC’s Public Health Matters blog posted a wonderful guide on how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, starting off with a reference to zombie neurophysiology.
Conveniently, many zombie preparedness safety tips also carry over to other real-world dangers:
“In movies, shows, and literature, zombies are often depicted as being created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids. Harvard psychiatrist Steven Schoolman wrote a (fictional) medical paper on the zombies presented in Night of the Living Dead and refers to the condition as Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome caused by an infectious agent.
So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.
- Water (1 gallon per person per day)
- Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
- Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
- Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
- Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
- Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
- Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
- First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)”
Read the whole thing, before the undead hordes come for you.
2 thoughts on “The CDC takes on the zombie apocalypse”
This is the most shameful ploy ever to induce commenting. You used the Z word – that’s just low …
I heard that the CDC posted this exactly for that reason…to drive traffic to their site, figuring that if people looked at the zombie post, they might also look at other more serious topics. Apparently it worked cause the spike in traffic took the CDC site down at one point 🙂
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