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What is a Zombie? (Survival Guide)

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1. An animated corpse that feeds on living human flesh.
2. A voodoo spell that raises the dead. 
3. A Voodoo snake god. 
4. One who moves or acts in a daze "like a zombie."

Zombie Types: From Theatrical to Realistic

There are many types of zombies depticted in stories and movies throughout history, so how will we know which type to expect come the outbreak? Although it is best to be prepared for all types, most experts believe that viral zombies will be the ones to walk the earth, and therefore Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide is the best guideline to follow for these zombies.
  • Viral/Parasitic Zombies
  • Radiation Zombies
  • Experiment-Gone-Wrong Zombies
  • Voodoo Zombies
  • "Rise from the Dead" Zombies"

The Virus and its Transference

According to Brooks, humans turn into zombies from the Solanum virus, which travels "through the bloodstream, from the initial point of entry to the brain" (p.2). The virus ceases all bodily functions and mutates the brain into an organ that does not need oxygen. Thus, the essentially deceased person will become the living dead, with an insatiable drive to consume human flesh.

An already deceased human cannot turn into a zombie, and there is no cure once infected. A person can only become infected through "direct fluidic contact" (p.3), including bites and direct contact with zombie wounds and remains with open wounds on humans.

The Symptoms

Depending on the person and the location of the entry point, an infected person may have hours before reanimating. Here is a timetable of symptoms:

Hour 1: Pain and discoloration (brown-purple) of the infected area. Immediate clotting of the wound (provided the infection came from a wound).

Hour 5: Fever (99-103 degrees F), chills, slight dementia, vomiting, acute pain in the joints.

Hour 8: Numbing of extremities and infected area, increased fever (103-106 degrees F), increased dementia, loss of muscular coordination.

Hour 11: Paralysis in the lower body, overall numbness, slowed heart rate.

Hour 16: Coma.

Hour 20: Heart stoppage. Zero brain activity.

Hour 23: Reanimation.

There is Survival Guide video

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