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    The CDC Shared Tips For Surviving A Zombie Apocalypse, And Nothing Surprises Me Anymore

    "Water, food, and other supplies [will] get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp."

    When the reality of living life inside during the pandemic first started, years-old movies about disease outbreaks quickly started trending again. Around this time last year, the 2011 film Contagion reached a new surge in viewership that pushed it into the top 10 most-rented movies in the US.

    Matt Damon in "Contagion."
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    Now, people are rediscovering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) blog that shares tips on how to survive a zombie apocalypse — and they're freaking out.

    I have the most irrational fear of zombies. And world war z is trending with the CDC.

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    Tips on the site include starting with the essentials: "First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored)."

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    The CDC suggests adding a gallon of water, non-perishable food, prescription and non-prescription medications, tools like a utility knife or radio, sanitary products, clothing, blankets, first aid supplies, and important documents like passports, a driver's license, and birth certificates to your kit.

    After your kit is prepared, the CDC recommends sitting down with your family and coming up with an agreed upon plan that includes designating a meeting place, learning essential emergency contact numbers, and planning an evacuation route.

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    "When zombies are hungry, they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast!" the CDC's blog says. "Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast."

    And most importantly, they remind citizens to have no fear because they're ready to help! In the wake of a zombie apocalypse, the CDC promises to provide technical assistance throughout the US and abroad.

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    "This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated."

    Who knew so much would go into zombie preparedness?

    the cdc is acting like i have time for a zombie apocalypse

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    While it's fun to imagine that a government entity is taking zombie preparedness seriously, the CDC's blog dates back to 2011 — one year after The Walking Dead first aired — and cites pop culture's interest in zombies as their inspiration.

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    "Wonder why zombies, zombie apocalypse, and zombie preparedness continue to live or walk dead on a CDC website? As it turns out, what first began as a tongue-in-cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages has proven to be a very effective platform. We continue to reach and engage a wide variety of audiences on all hazards preparedness via 'zombie preparedness.'"

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    It's all in good fun! Just a creative way for the CDC to teach people real emergency preparedness tactics by applying them to something that is bound to get our attention — zombies.

    Did it work? Or are you already confident in your zombie survival skills? Let us know what you would do in the wake of an undead outbreak in the comments.

    I literally used to play zombies everyday on Black Ops so I’m pretty sure ik what to do in case of a zombie apocalypse. CDC ain’t said nothing.

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