In a large-scale Zombie virus break out, I believe that we can expect political leaders and medical authorities to display great hubris. Our medical establishments will believe that they can successfully detain, treat, and cure Zombies. Back in August of 2014, medical and political leaders decided to treat American ebola victims here in the United States. They did not take the victims to a remote location or military base for treatment. Instead, they brought the victims right into the heart of Atlanta, a city of 5 million+ people.
|Emory University Hospital - Photo By Emory University [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons|
I took this picture of the ABC News report on an ebola victim being brought into the hospital. Notice that they brought the patient right into hospital and in the process walked the stretcher right by an unprotected bystander. Notice the man in tan and black standing in the center of the screen just to the right of the last worker in a hazmat suit. (Find the i in Diane Sawyer and look 2/3 of the way up the screen.)
The medical professionals at Emory University Hospital thought that they knew everything about ebola, communicable diseases, and how to transfer a patient from ambulance into the medical facility. They did learn alot as outlined in this article. Fortunately, everything worked out. However, if the same level of hubris was displayed during an actual Zombie infection, it might not work out as well. In addition, the sheer scale of a Zombie apocalypse would overwhelm medical facilities and the available security guards.
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