Following up on a previous post, The Zombie Time Lag, ZRS Researcher, Doug Fulton, suggests that a span of hundreds of years might pass between zombie outbreaks, making it difficult to track, impossible to predict, and an immediate global threat when it does finally rear its ugly head. He points to the most resilient and hardy microorganism on the planet, the endospore, as the foundation of his argument.
Endospores are infectious organisms that have the ability to protect themselves inside a hard cellular casing when external conditions are harsh. The hibernating spores can remain in a dry, passive state for hundreds, thousands, even millions of years. They literally shut down, waiting for the right time to strike, but they never die.
“When finally triggered, endospores can suddenly wake up, rapidly activate themselves, germinate in their new host, and begin multiplying at an alarming rate.”
Furthermore, Fulton reasons that because this process in zombies is only theoretical, it is impossible to discover what the trigger may be. A new strain of a common disease, like H1N1, could be the catalyst. A product innovation, new chemical compound, or even global climate change could be all it takes to cause trillions of zombie endospores to infect their hosts, multiply, and seek out new hosts with reckless abandon.
If Fulton is correct, the zombie plague would likely start everywhere at once, consuming the entire planet in days, or even hours, rather than flaring up in just in a few isolated locations. Humankind would be powerless to stop the progression.
Shudder to think…