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Save Yourself From The Zombie Apocalypse By Turning Your Home Into A Biolab

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Do you use a gun, a sword, a series of elaborate traps involving wild animals, or something else to defeat the zombie horde at your door? Whatever your weapon of choice, I think the great zombie weapon debate misses a crucial point–to even think about battling zombies, you first have to prevent becoming one. Over at The Bostson Globe, I explore seven steps to turn your home into a virus-free space, looking to the biolabs where we work on some of the deadliest diseases we know of. Here’s an excerpt:

Now shuffling into its fourth season, the popular zombie-themed TV show “The Walking Dead” has recently added another obstacle for its survivors: infectious disease. Drawing on the same terrifying trope that animated “Outbreak,” “Contagion,” and “28 Days Later,” the show’s creators have conjured up not only an unidentified airborne pandemic zombie virus, but also a killer influenza virus like the one that wiped out millions in 1918.

In the world of “The Walking Dead,” not even the CDC knows how to cure the zombie plague. But in real life, humanity does know a thing or two about handling infectious diseases. Around the country and the world, there exist biosafety labs created specifically to handle deadly pathogens like Ebola virus, smallpox, and anthrax, using protocols and designs that prevent infections leaking to the outside world.

Clearly, in the event that the outside world does become an infectious zombie wasteland, there’s a simple solution: Turn your home into an inside-out biolab, quarantining the world outside while your family remains safely within. Herewith, the quick-and-dirty Ideas guide to zombie-proofing your home. (Note: Even if you take all these steps, Ideas does not guarantee that the virus won’t somehow seep in. Still, it’s worth a try.)

You can read the seven steps to virus-proofing your home at The Boston Globe here.

More Zombie Science:

The Walking Dead Shuffles Into Science Education With Bolts, Brains, and a Physics Quiz

Kyle Hill About the Author: Kyle Hill is a freelance science writer and communicator who specializes in finding the secret science in your favorite fandom. Follow on Twitter @Sci_Phile.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. StutterinSam 4:04 am 11/18/2013

    What about when you have to go out to get food… Hazmat suit?

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  2. 2. piotrszybek 6:54 pm 11/18/2013

    what about “how to defend yourself from medial virus turning your brain into a mush”????

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  3. 3. bclune 12:45 am 12/6/2013

    I ran into this the other day, it’s a funny take on becoming a Zombie. We always assume that everyone else will be the Zombie, this “take”helps you prepare if you’re not so lucky!
    Pretty funny.
    http://termlife2go.com/walking-dead-cashes-in-on-life-insurance/

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