The rights of the infected will likely be a hot button issue in the coming zombie plague, especially if the zombie incubation period is longer than just few hours or days. But on an individual level, what is the correct response when faced with your own impending demise and subsequent reanimation?
If there isn’t a possible cure in sight, and the sickness spreads at an unpredictable rate, death seems the only option. That’s when your choices become truly complicated, argues ZRS Researcher Paul Freeman:
“Shoot yourself, and you waste precious ammunition and draw attention to your position with the noise. Rope is also too valuable to use for hanging. Kill yourself in or near your shelter, and the rest of the group is left with a dead and rotting body to deal with.”
From using up dwindling resources to the risk of a failed attempt, Freeman finds potential danger in nearly every method of self termination in a zombie outbreak. Even choosing to leave your group and wander off into the undead world could turn bad if zombies, or other hostile humans, are able to trace your route back to your old camp and loved ones.
What starts as a noble gesture to sacrifice yourself for the good of the group, could easily turn into the beginning of the end for everyone you know and care about.
So what about you? What would you do, and how you would do it?