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Zombies could wipe out humanity in 100 days

January 6, 2017 | Comment icon 26 comments

What would you do in the event of a zombie virus outbreak ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 sookie
A new study has suggested that it would not take long for a zombie apocalypse to wipe out mankind.
The research, which was conducted by physics students at the University of Leicester, was based on the assumption that each zombie would be able to locate at least one victim each day and that they would have a 90% chance of infecting anyone that they happened to come in contact with.

After approximately 100 days, the study suggests, there would be a mere 273 human survivors - a figure that would make even The Walking Dead seem like an optimistic scenario by comparison.

On the plus side however the researchers also determined that if mankind did happen to find a way to combat the zombies then there would be a good chance of population recovery in the long run.
The team's findings were based on the SIR ( susceptible, infectious, recovered ) model which is more traditionally used to calculate the spread of real diseases through the population.

"Every year we ask students to write short papers for the Journal of Physics Special Topics," said Dr Mervyn Roy from the University of Leicester's Department of Physics and Astronomy.

"It lets the students show off their creative side and apply some of the physics they know to the weird, the wonderful, or the everyday."

Source: IFL Science | Comments (26)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #17 Posted by Frank Merton 6 years ago
The point I get from this -- and I think the point intended -- is that it doesn't have to be zombies.  Any infectious agent with the right dormancy and lethality and spread-ability could do it, and, with modern travel, we would be doomed before we knew what hit us.
Comment icon #18 Posted by UFOwatcher 6 years ago
"Zombies could wipe out humanity in 100 days" Not a Zombie fan but aren't they still considered 'humanity' just in a different dead/un-dead format? Do Zombies eat other zombies when all the living is gone? YAWN.......
Comment icon #19 Posted by Thorvir 6 years ago
You can't use some common sense then?  Have you ever come across a real zombie?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Thorvir 6 years ago
No, they'll only eat those stupid enough to let a shambling and slow-moving, barely-sentient, rotting corpse gradually stumble right up to them and meekly stand their as their brains are eaten.  Apparently, zombies are racists/bigots.  When all the stupid people are gone, the zombies will just have to starve to death.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Essan 6 years ago
Thats exactly the point Although we might wonder if there is another point considering some of the (serious?) responses in this thread ......   I think the zombie plague is already upon us
Comment icon #22 Posted by Bump in the Night123456 6 years ago
Well, this study those students did must not be taking into account all the guns, military, and angry dudes that would be there to beat the snot out of the shambling zombie corpses, Texas alone could put down a zombie invasion.
Comment icon #23 Posted by jps 6 years ago
Braaains....Braaaaaaaaaains!......mmm.......leaving braaaains here......
Comment icon #24 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
There'd still be a little corner shop open somewhere.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Lilly 6 years ago
When will everyone just up and accept it...zombies aren't freakin' real for goodness sakes!
Comment icon #26 Posted by aquatus1 6 years ago
That's exactly what they want you to believe.

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