Where is the best place to hide from zombies during a zombie apocalypse? Cornell University researchers believe they have figured out the answer, but also admit the human race would likely still be doomed.
If a zombie apocalypse happens, rush as quickly as you can to the Rocky Mountains, according to the Cornell University researches. The team of investigators created a zombie outbreak simulation based upon the traits, evolvement, and movements of real viruses.
The great minds at Cornell University also noted that cities would quickly become deadly during a zombie outbreak. Those watch The Walking Dead or consider themselves preppers already knew a metropolitan area would be the last place to hunker down during any type of disaster.
The researchers feel that less populated or rural areas “could hold out for months” during a zombie apocalypse. Rick Grimes and his group found refuge at Herschel’s farm – for a while. Perhaps they should have spent some time digging a moat and stockpiling gasoline to set the zombies ablaze when the marauding hordes came calling. The Cornell researchers reasoned that in a rural region, there are fewer folks to nibble on, the zombie brood would grow at a substantially slower rate.
Heading for the hills, the Rocky Mountains in particular, offers the best chance at surviving a zombie apocalypse, according to the research project. Cornell University researchers Alexander Alemi, Matthew Bierbaum, Christopher Myers, and James Sethna feel that the components of a zombie outbreak disease would spread quickly given the nature expected of such a virus.
The researchers were reportedly motivated to conduct the zombie apocalypse project by reading World War Z: an oral history of the first zombie war by Max Brooks and a graduate class in statistical mechanics. In the book, America abandons about two-thirds of the nations and hides out in the Rocky Mountains before banding together and attacking the zombies.
“Given the dynamics of the disease, once the zombies invade more sparsely populated areas, the whole outbreak slows down – there are fewer humans to bite, so you start creating zombies at a slower rate,’ Alexander Alemi noted. “Modeling zombies takes you through a lot of the techniques used to model real diseases, albeit in a fun context.”
According to the Cornell University researchers, there are four states an individuals could expect to find themselves in – human, infected, zombie, and dead zombie. The university zombie apocalypse hiding place investigators also plan on incorporating “more complicated social variables” to their zombie outbreak simulation project in the future.
Possible inclusions involve the awareness level and time frame of the outbreak by the general public and the ability of humans to basically, “make a run for it” and hide in the Rocky Mountains or other secluded rural area of choice.
Do you think you could survive a zombie apocalypse? Where would you make your last stand?
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