Would YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Scientists reveal how long it would take a plague to spread through a city - with terrifying results

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  • Researchers investigated really a zombie plague would dispersed done Finland
  • Simulations propose it would return conscionable 7 hours to dispersed done nan capital

By Shivali Best For Mailonline

Published: 05:46 EDT, 27 October 2023 | Updated: 05:46 EDT, 27 October 2023

From The Walking Dead to The Last Of Us, zombie apocalypses person been staple features of subject fabrication blockbusters for years. 

But what would hap if a zombie takeover happened successful nan existent world? 

In a caller study, researchers astatine Aalto University group retired to reply this mobility - pinch terrifying results. 

Their simulations propose that if a azygous zombie appeared successful Helsinki, location would beryllium conscionable 7 hours to wholly quarantine nan superior - aliases termination nan zombies. 

Otherwise, zombies would 'inevitably overrun nan country', nan squad says. 

From The Walking Dead to The Last Of Us (pictured), zombie apocalypses person been staple features of subject fabrication blockbusters for years. But what would hap if a zombie takeover happened successful nan existent world?

In nan study, nan squad group retired to analyse really a zombie plague would dispersed done Finland. 

The research expanded connected accepted models by adding a simulation of group and zombies moving astir successful Finland - some within, and betwixt cities. 

This allowed nan squad to simulate things for illustration quarantining an infected region, or the quality betwixt nan zombie plague starting successful a densely populated metropolis aliases overmuch sparser area. 

However, estimating immoderate of nan parameters was a peculiar challenge, according to Professor Lauri Viitasaari, who was successful complaint of nan mathematical model. 

'What's nan correct probability for a quality winning an brushwood pinch a zombie?' she said.

'The problem is that we're stepping unsighted here, because existent information connected specified questions is severely limited.'

The exemplary revealed that, should a plague break out, it would apt dispersed highly quickly. 

In their basal model, a azygous outbreak successful Helsinki would return conscionable 7 hours to dispersed crossed nan full city. 

In nan study, nan squad group retired to analyse really a zombie plague would dispersed done Finland. Pictured: a still from The Last of Us

'I shouldn't person recovered it surprising, but I was amazed astatine really quickly we person to respond to support our organization alive,' said Professor Pauliina Ilmonen, who led nan study. 

'It made maine deliberation astir civilized issues for illustration nan authorities of individuals versus nan authorities of a population.'

While nan task is light-hearted, nan researchers opportunity nan findings could connection superior insights into really we could incorporate early illness outbreaks. 

'The zombie plague simulation offers a measurement to research nan effects of different interventions and see them successful nan discourse of diseases pinch different features, specified arsenic really quickly they dispersed aliases really terrible they are,' nan squad wrote successful a statement.

'Because it simulates individuals' actions, it tin besides beryllium utilized to trial really disinformation would impact nan dispersed of an pandemic (eg, by having immoderate "zombie deniers" disregard warnings).'

Beyond Finland, nan exemplary could beryllium adapted to simulate outbreaks successful different countries, nan researchers say. 

It could besides beryllium utilized to analyse different things that dispersed for illustration a disease, including rumours aliases disinformation, they added. 

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