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Physics students have worked out how quickly a zombie apocalypse would wipe out the human race

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In the event of a zombie apocalypse the human race would be almost completely wiped out in just 100 days, a group of students has calculated.

Students from the University of Leicester worked out that in 100 days, fewer than 300 people would remain, and would be outnumbered by zombies a million to one.

Without the ability to fight back, the human race would die out completely within a year, their calculations suggested.

Do you have a zombie apocalypse plan? (Leigh Dawney/PA)
Do you have a zombie apocalypse plan? (Leigh Dawney/PA)

To work this out, they assumed that each zombie would find one person a day, and had a 90% chance of turning their victims into zombies.

Although only semi-serious, the students used a modelling method used by doctors to predict the spread of real diseases like Ebola and even the flu.

In a follow-up study, they looked at how people would get better at avoiding zombie infection as time went on. In this second scenario, the human population seemed likely to survive.

And this is why you should always wash your hands after going on the tube (Isabel Infantes/PA)
And this is why you should always wash your hands after going on the tube (Isabel Infantes/PA)

A Freedom of Information request in 2012 revealed the government’s plans in the case of a zombie apocalypse.

According to The Telegraph, the MoD said: “In the event of an apocalyptic incident (eg zombies), any plans to rebuild and return England to its pre-attack glory would be led by the Cabinet Office, and thus any pre-planning activity would also taken place there.”

The research was published in an internal journal run by the university’s physics department.

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