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New Study Reveals How Long Humans Can Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Just how long can humans survive?

Physics students at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom calculated how long humanity can last in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and the results are far from promising.

According to studies published in the student-run Journal of Physics Special Topics, only fewer than 300 humans will remain alive 100 days after the much-feared apocalypse, with humans being outnumbered by the flesh-eating corpses at 1 to 1,000,000. And mind you, those figures aren’t just for the UK – they’re talking about the entire planet.

Zombies will rapidly outnumber the human population.

Source: AMC

Although the study revolved in a fictional topic, course tutor Mervyn Roy said that such exercise will help students learn how to apply physics to actual or theoretical situations.

Roy said,

“Every year we ask students to write short papers for the Journal of Physics Special Topics.

“It lets the students show off their creative side and apply some of the physics they know to the weird, the wonderful, or the every day.

Before the students were able to arrive at these results, they first had to identify specific criteria for the infection. They assumed that a zombie could encounter one person each day, with a 90% chance that the person will become infected. Then, the team used the SIR model, which describes how a certain disease can spread throughout a population. The human populace was then classified into the susceptible population (S), the zombies (Z), and the dead (D) based on the SIR model. The students then proceeded to calculate the frequency of human and zombie contact and the likelihood of viral transmission. They did not factor in birth and death rates as the team believed that such figures will prove to be insignificant in comparison to the severity of the zombie virus onslaught.

In a little over three months, there will only be 273 humans alive on Earth, and extinction is predicted within a year if the non-infected will not be able to fight back.

However, on a positive note, a follow-up study revealed that as humans get the hang of whacking the heads of the mindlessly walking corpses and at the same time avoid catching the deadly virus, the survivors may be looking towards a brighter future where even childbirth is possible. As such, humans have about 1,000 days or 2.7 years to annihilate the zombies and another 25 years to fully recover.

Fortunately, the zombie apocalypse remains a figment of our fertile imaginations and we hope that such day won’t ever come true or all hell will break loose.

40 Comments

  1. Elie Awa

    January 9, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    B S

  2. Joben Delemios

    January 9, 2017 at 12:37 PM

    Jacqui Abalos Arsenal 😂

  3. Jonathan Parreño

    January 9, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    nonsense…no zombies whatsoever…read your Bible.

  4. Elie Awa

    March 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    B S

  5. Marcus Heck Care

    January 9, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    When the outbreak happens in a country, globalisation takes place and other countries will take precaution

  6. Imran Ibrahim

    January 9, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Shazlin Salihuddin

  7. Joben Delemios

    March 5, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Jacqui Abalos Arsenal 😂

  8. Jonathan Parreño

    March 5, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    nonsense…no zombies whatsoever…read your Bible.

  9. Andrew Kuhn

    January 9, 2017 at 5:44 AM

    Bullshit

  10. Marcus Heck Care

    March 5, 2018 at 7:48 AM

    When the outbreak happens in a country, globalisation takes place and other countries will take precaution

  11. Imran Ibrahim

    March 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    Shazlin Salihuddin

  12. Furio Ronel

    January 9, 2017 at 3:31 AM

    Stupid question😂😂

  13. Wendy Chao

    January 9, 2017 at 2:50 AM

    Renay Beers Melanie McNally you guys like zombies right?

  14. Ackenola Prescod

    January 9, 2017 at 2:21 AM

    Read your bible ” when your dead your dead

  15. Angela Rattee

    January 9, 2017 at 12:50 AM

    They have to take in consideration of the length of time the body takes to decompose. If you can hold out for the first wave you have better odds. The largest wave of zombies will be when it first happens when people are caught off guard.

  16. Andrew Kuhn

    March 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    Bullshit

  17. Andri Tirta

    January 9, 2017 at 12:17 AM

    it’s really not how long human gonna last at zombie apocalypse but truly is how long the zombie truly survive when they happen to outbreak.

  18. Furio Ronel

    March 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    Stupid question😂😂

  19. Wendy Chao

    March 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    Renay Beers Melanie McNally you guys like zombies right?

  20. Ackenola Prescod

    March 5, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Read your bible ” when your dead your dead

  21. Bryon Halvorson

    January 8, 2017 at 8:12 PM

    It’s a good theory, however it doesn’t factor in a lot of things. Humans have proven resilient. Rising to the top of the food chain as the most dominant species is not an easy task concidering that most animals can kill a human with a bat of a paw.

  22. Keliquelz Kho

    January 8, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Who ever post or wrote this articles is all nonesence.

  23. Angela Rattee

    March 5, 2018 at 7:48 AM

    They have to take in consideration of the length of time the body takes to decompose. If you can hold out for the first wave you have better odds. The largest wave of zombies will be when it first happens when people are caught off guard.

  24. Andri Tirta

    March 5, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    it’s really not how long human gonna last at zombie apocalypse but truly is how long the zombie truly survive when they happen to outbreak.

  25. Ackenola Prescod

    January 8, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Bull shit

  26. Eno Hoxhallari

    January 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Wtf why you should think so negative

  27. Carlo John

    January 8, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Crap!…..😬

  28. Alan Devereux

    January 8, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    If that’s ever going to happen

  29. Hucen Ibrahim

    January 8, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    This is doctoring

  30. Arthur Darcy Nowroski

    January 8, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Lol

  31. Nurse Son

    January 8, 2017 at 5:24 PM

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  32. Bryon Halvorson

    March 5, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    It’s a good theory, however it doesn’t factor in a lot of things. Humans have proven resilient. Rising to the top of the food chain as the most dominant species is not an easy task concidering that most animals can kill a human with a bat of a paw.

  33. Keliquelz Kho

    March 5, 2018 at 7:48 AM

    Who ever post or wrote this articles is all nonesence.

  34. Ackenola Prescod

    March 5, 2018 at 7:48 AM

    Bull shit

  35. Eno Hoxhallari

    March 5, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    Wtf why you should think so negative

  36. Carlo John

    March 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    Crap!…..😬

  37. Alan Devereux

    March 5, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    If that’s ever going to happen

  38. Hucen Ibrahim

    March 5, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    This is doctoring

  39. Arthur Darcy Nowroski

    March 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    Lol

  40. Nurse Son

    March 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    Elisha Hanna Jimenez Mabaet

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