For our last creature feature in this series, I wanted to talk about zombies. These undead creatures are just humans who have less cognitive function and usually hunger for brains.
The word zombie comes from Haitian and voodoo origins and refers to a human corpse that has been reanimated. Usually, zombie stories are the result of a mysterious illness or virus that spreads like wildfire through bites or body fluid. This is the common theme in shows like the Walking Dead or movies like Resident Evil.
Are zombie’s real? Well, I don’t think so. I do believe people have been clinically dead for a period and have come back to life, but not without brain function. I will say that people usually aren’t considered clinically “dead” until their brain stops functioning. Different machines can keep the heart pumping, but you’re considered dead after the brain waves stop.
What’s more interesting is the CDC actually has a subpage for zombies and zombie preparedness. This is certainly just a joke, but it is pretty funny to see it on the Center for Disease Control website, especially if it ever actually comes to pass!
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