Scientists have figured out where it’s safe to hide during a zombie apocalypse — nowhere. The Washington Post interviewed Alex Alemi, a researcher at Cornell University, who conducted a scientific study of what a zombie outbreak would look like, and how fast it would move. He and fellow researchers at Cornell concluded that within 48 hours, New York City, Chicago, D.C., and Los Angeles, were all screwed. They’re not the only ones — pretty much anyone near a population center is done.
Modeling their research on outbreaks like Ebola, Alemi and his peers built a statistical model of what a zombie outbreak would “realistically” look like. They took into account everything from the scientific to the fantastic. Alemi even researched details about the vector of the disease — a zombified human — and how the growth of an outbreak would depend on the ratio of zombies killed to people bitten.
Our advice? For those still in the military, book it to the armory, load up on weapons and ammo, and find an MRAP. For everyone else, haul ass to Home Depot, grab chainsaws, blow torches, and all the standard zombie fighting equipment, then have a blast.