The Safest Place to Hide in a Zombie Apocalypse
In case a zombie apocalypse happens, where are you planning to hide?
In the shopping mall like the movies? In your house barricaded? In a farm, a prison? Well, we all know how THAT panned out in the movies.
Turns out, according to an article by Science Alert, there’s actually a safest place to hide, in case of a zombie apocalypse.
If your ultimate goal is to survive the plague of flesh eating zombies, then it seems that being in the middle of nowhere is your safest bet. Back in 2015, a team of statisticians made a study to better understand the spread of real diseases. And using a fictitious zombie plague spreading across America as an example, they found out that the best place to hide is remote, sparsely populated locations.
According to the authors of the study, an infection occurring in big cities such as New York or Los Angeles, could take months before reaching remote areas.
Lead author Alex Alemi said, “Given the dynamics of the disease, once the zombies invade more sparsely populated areas, the whole outbreak slows down – there are fewer humans to bite, so you start creating zombies at a slower rate.”
Obviously, cities with many people fall the fastest. Imagine a zombie attack in a crowded bus. More people, equals more people to bite and spread the infection, which will result into more zombies.
In the press release, the authors of the study further added, “the project was an overview of modern epidemiology modeling, starting with differential equations to model a fully connected population, then moving on to lattice-based models, and ending with a full US-scale simulation of an outbreak across the continental US.”
Unfortunately, if an infection does happen in America, it seems that even with the best hideouts, they are still doomed.