Are the clues and hints right in front of our faces? Is the inevitable zombie apocalypse going to occur sooner than later? Does the U.S Government know something and is trying to give the public some subtle hints so as not to start a nationwide panic? It all started back in mid-May when the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted on their website the article, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” In this posting the CDC talks about, what else, preparing for the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. The article gives tips on putting together an emergency kit, an emergency plan, and concludes by telling us that if indeed there ever is a zombie outbreak the CDC would:
conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas.
Okay; I get it. They are using the popularity of zombies to raise awareness of being prepared for any and all disasters (zombie-related or not). Or are they? Recently the CDC has continued their ‘zombie education’ by releasing an online comic strip titled, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” (check it out here). In it we follow a couple who is trying to survive a zombie outbreak. The comic was unveiled at the recent New York ComicCon and was a huge hit. At the convention the director of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Ali Khan, passed out copies of the comic and spoke on a panel titled “Zombie Summit: How to Survive the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.” The comic is, no doubt, a little good PR for the CDC, as we watch the scientists working hard to come up with a cure for the zombie virus.
So check out this comic (you know you’re gonna) and see if you think there’s anything between the lines we should be worried about. Maybe the inevitable zombie apocalypse is closer than we think. So stay prepared and