Governo dos EUA divulga guia contra ataque de zumbis
"Muita gente acredita que o mundo vai acabar em 2012. O CDC (Centro de Controle e Prevenção de Doenças) dos Estados Unidos tem um palpite de como esse fim se dará: por uma infestação de zumbis.
Não, você não leu errado. Foi publicado oficialmente pelo governo americano um guia de sobrevivência, para um possível apocalipse causado por mortos-vivos.
O manual começa dizendo que podemos nos preparar para diversas emergências, entre elas uma dominação de comedores de carne humana rastejantes que ficaram famosos em filmes, seriados e quadrinhos.
- Você pode rir agora, mas, quando acontecer, você ficará feliz de ter lido isso. Talvez você aprenda uma coisa ou duas sobre como se preparar para uma emergência real.
Há também um kit, fundamental para que as pessoas sobrevivam à essa situação - ou a qualquer outra catástrofe que aconteça. Seus itens são: um galão de água por pessoa por dia, comidas não perecíveis, medicamentos e produtos de primeiros-socorros, documentos importantes (passaporte, identidade), produtos de higiene (sabão, detergente, toalha), cobertor e pelo menos uma troca de roupa para cada membro da família.
Além disso, o texto ainda dá dicas de como traçar planos de emergência. Entre as sugestões, estão identificar tudo que possa ser perigoso no local onde você mora, escolher um ponto de encontro caso você se perca de sua família e planejar rotas de fuga.
- Todos esses planos ajudam na fuga de uma enchente, terremoto ou furacão.
Segundo o tabloide britânico Metro, o site do manual recebeu tantas visitas que saiu do ar. Um porta-voz do CDC contou que a campanha é uma espécie de brincadeira, mas com dicas úteis para pessoas que estejam preocupadas com casos como os tsunami e terremotos que aconteceram este ano no Japão, por exemplo.
No fim do documento, o CDC afirma que, caso os zumbis tomem mesmo conta das ruas, o órgão estará pronto para providenciar assistência a quem precisar, até mesmo para outros países.
Portanto, não precisa de pânico. Monte o kit e fique sossegado."
Eis aqui a publicação original do Centers of Disease Control and Prevenction (CDC)
Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse
The following was originally posted on CDC Public Health Matters Blog on May 16th, 2011 by Ali S. Khan.
There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.
A Brief History of Zombies We’ve all seen at least one movie about flesh-eating zombies taking over (my personal favorite isResident Evil), but where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much? The word zombie comes from Haitian and New Orleans voodoo origins. Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead. Through ancient voodoo and folk-lore traditions, shows like the Walking Dead were born.
A couple dressed as zombies - Danny Zucco and Sandy Olsson from the movie Grease walking in the annual Toronto Zombie Walk.
In movies, shows, and literature, zombies are often depicted as being created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids. Harvard psychiatrist Steven Schoolman wrote a (fictional) medical paper on the zombies presented in Night of the Living Dead and refers to the condition as Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome caused by an infectious agent. The Zombie Survival Guide identifies the cause of zombies as a virus called solanum. Other zombie origins shown in films include radiation from a destroyed NASAVenus probe (as in Night of the Living Dead), as well as mutations of existing conditions such asprions, mad-cow disease, measles and rabies.
The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?”
Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!
Better Safe than Sorry
Some of the supplies for your emergency kit.
So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? 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). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit theCDC Emergency page.
Water (1 gallon per person per day)
Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado orhurricane)
Once you’ve made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with anemergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency.
Family members meeting by their mailbox. You should pick two meeting places, one close to your home and one farther away.
Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Besides a zombie apocalypse, this may include floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If you are unsure contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information.
Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.
Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok.
Plan your evacuation route. 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! 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.
Never Fear – CDC is Ready
Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Prepared
If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. 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. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).