Ever thought about your chances of surviving a zombie apocalypse? I definitely have, and apparently some researchers in the UK have as well.
A group of physics students from the University of Leicester conducted a study that was published in the Journal of Physics Special Topics. The study found that if a zombie could find one person per day, there’s a 90% chance that person will become infected with the zombie virus they have. After just 100 days of the apocalypse, only 273 survivors would exist.
The bottom line? According to IFLScience, “zombies outnumber humans a million to one.”
Just how did these students put together this study? The students used a SIR model that traced the spread of the disease throughout a given population. One factor they accounted for was if humans were able to slow the rate at which they were getting infected due to having learned survival skills.
However, we would still be incredibly outnumbered. However, the students did a follow-up study that investigated whether or not the human population would be able to recover, and the answer was yes. If humans reproduced and killed enough zombies, they would have a shot at regenerating the population. So all is well.
The study was part of an assignment where they were meant to test their creativity while also using the psychics skills they learned while attending the university.
I would say they did pretty well.
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