Thu., May 19, 2011 3:00pm (EDT)

Can't A Zombie Get A Break? Now The CDC's On Their Case
By Mark Memmott
Updated: 3 years ago

We're researchers. May we ask you a few questions? (A "zombie" photographed on Oct. 31, 2010, in San Jose, Costa Rica.)
When we saw that our Shots blog buddy Scott Hensley had posted about the "zombie apocalypse" tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we had this nagging feeling. Hadn't some other respected researchers decided that picking on the undead was the way to go when trying to talk about a serious issue in a humorous way?

Why, yes they had. And we had blogged about it!

So here's a bit of a Two-Way flashback to August 2009.

Then, Canadian researchers used "used math to figure out what us living folks need to do when the zombies come out." Their bottomline: Hit them hard and fast before they turn us all into zombies.

That study supposedly offered insights into how to attack infectious diseases. The CDS's tips are aimed to help us living folks prepare for natural disasters after all, if you're ready for a "zombie apocalyse," you're probably ready for most anything.

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