Last week, we were so busy celebrating our fiftieth anniversary that we missed it when the Atlanta-based CDC penned a blog post about how to survive a zombie apocalypse. Of course, it was mostly a ploy to jazz up their standard comments on safety preparedness (you know, about, like, floods and tornados), but still, it elicited a laugh. And, evidently, enough clicks (60,000) that it crashed their servers.
However, it does have some great background on zombies and, in particular, how the scientific world has responded to stories of them over the years. And although most of it is your basic have-water-and-First-Aid-supplies-stockpiled tips, it does clarify that “if zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak.”
It may have all been a joke, but look at the bright side: The CDC is thismuch closer to helping us fight off the impending zombie apocalypse. Which mostly refutes my former theory that, as in The Walking Dead, the CDC would just close shop and give up. Until it eventually explodes as a result of triggering its self-destruct mechanism. Obviously. And, when the inevitable apocalypse does come, it will apparently take this magazine more than a week to discover it.