Reader Tim S. wanted to know what would happen if there were an airborne zombie virus. The short answer is that it would likely spell the end of the world as we know it.
Much like the seasonal flu, an airborne zombie sickness could spread across the globe in a matter of weeks. And because it stands to reason that almost no one would be immune (immunity comes from prior exposure of the same or similar agents, or genetic predisposition), the entire planet would quickly be in various states of contraction, sickness, death or reanimation.
A single sneeze could create dozens more zombies-to-be. Hundreds of thousands of seemingly healthy people would be unknowingly doomed by their inadvertent exposure. Similar to other alternative zombie transmission theories (see: Do Mosquitoes Spread Zombie Plague?), the implications on the human race of an airborne zombie virus are devastating.
National Public Radio offers and great animated video on the workings of the influenza virus on the human body. It explains that a single infected molecule can quickly multiply to more than one million, only to repeat the process again and again. If our immune systems were not able to put up a defense, a zombie virus would conquer our internal systems in no time flat.
So lets just hope that when the zombie pandemic does hit, it’s spreads by a good old fashioned bite. It may be our only chance.
To watch the NPR short video click HERE.