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Do Zombies Get The Flu?

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Panic! Outbreak! I have been watching the ’28’ films recently (that’s ‘28 Days Later‘ and ‘28 Weeks Later‘) which I enjoyed and reminded me of the BBC Survivors television series. All are based around a sudden outbreak of a disease and the aftermath. The parts of the story I enjoy the most are how people regroup and how they practically get by day to day. Films and television tend towards action and short timescales so this is not always thoroughly explored. Books on the other hand are ideal for this with ‘Day of the Triffids’ being a favourite of mine with details of the survivors learning farming skills and building defences.

Losing our beloved technologies, the society and the industry we depend on is a very scary thought. It’s enough to make you stock up on gold, bullets, tinned food and hide in cave. Almost. If it had wifi.

All these stories arefiction of course but very believable given the recent worldwide coverage of relatively mild outbreaks such as the Swine flu. Thankfully no zombies turned up but it was interesting to watch how peoples behaviour changed. Lack of trust and suspicion of others was just as visible as in the films although much milder. This was most visible in communal areas such as waiting rooms, which cleared away toys and magazines for a while, and the workplace kitchen where I observed people being doubly careful, watching who was there before them, weighing up the risks and carrying little bottles of hand soap. Hardly mass hysteria or paranoia but a subtle change in behaviour. People were careful of how they gathered too. If a big outbreak did occur,  would we all hide in our homes and only Facebook one another? Things have relaxed a good bit now of course (I enjoyed a couple of NatGeo’s when awaiting my last dentist’s appointment!).

Has the flu outbreak or ,say, 9/11 changed what you do? Is optimism enough? By the way, I have a mild summer cold… so keep back… !!

Written by daftspaniel

August 5, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Posted in Security, Zombies