What is Zombie Virus?

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Last Updated on February 1, 2024 by Neelam Singh

The entertainment industry has long used the idea of a ‘zombie virus’. It has been an inspiration for numerous films, TV series, and novels. Despite the fact that it sounds utterly fictional, the concept of a virus that converts people into mindless, reincarnated corpses has caught the attention of the general public. It has also grown into a plausible concept in the areas of science and biology. We are going to examine the roots of this virus concept, its cultural resonance, and the potential of a zombie outbreak in this article.

Origin of the term ‘Zombie’

Animated corpses appear in stories all over the world throughout recorded history. But zombies have a distinct lineage, one that traces back to equatorial and central Africa. The first clue is in the word ‘zombie’ itself. Its exact etymological origins are unknown, but there are several references. The Mitsogho people of Gabon, for example, use the word ‘ndzumbi’ for corpses. The Kikongo word ‘nzambi’ refers variously to the supreme being: an ancestor with superhuman abilities, or another deity.

Historical & Cultural References

Between 1517 and 1804, France and Spain enslaved hundreds of thousands of African people. These people were taken to the Caribbean Island that now contains Haiti and the Dominican Republic. There, the religious beliefs of enslaved African people mixed with the Catholic traditions of colonial authorities and a religion known as ‘vodou’ developed. According to some vodou beliefs, a person’s soul can be captured and stored, becoming a bodyless zombie. Alternatively, if a body does not receive proper cremation soon after death, a sorcerer called a ‘bokor’ can capture the corpse and turn it into a soulless zombie that will perform their bidding.

So, what exactly is this virus? 

This term is an exaggerated name given to potential pathogens locked in the permafrost, capable of igniting unknown pandemics. These viruses, lurking in the frozen layers of the Arctic, could be catastrophic if unleashed. The name is derived from the fear and uncertainty associated with the potential consequences of these long-dormant viruses.

The pathogens in the permafrost have been relatively undisturbed and unstudied until now. Scientists are racing against time to understand these ancient viruses and predict the potential threats they pose to global health.

Why is this virus in the news these days?

It is gaining attention due to the revival of an ancient virus has captured attention. Researchers successfully resurrected a 48,500-year-old virus that was preserved in the permafrost. Essentially, this achievement raises concerns about the possibility of other “zombie viruses” being out for release as permafrost melts due to climate change. The potential threat lies in the fact that these ancient viruses may be unknown to our immune systems. So, it possesses a considerable risk to public health.

What are the possible repercussions of this virus in the future?

As glaciers melt rapidly, these ancient pathogens are at risk of exposure, posing a severe threat to humanity. Scientists are not entirely sure about the repercussions of potential pandemics by these ancient viruses. The uncertainty adds to the global concern, as the consequences could be severe and widespread. The idea of this virus serves as a metaphor for the unknown dangers that may arise from our interference with the environment. The concept of the virus is closely in link with Disease X, a term by the World Health Organization (WHO) for a potential future pandemic caused by an unknown pathogen.

What are the health challenges people might have to suffer from this virus?

The potential health challenges stemming from this virus are still unclear. Given the unknown nature of these ancient pathogens, the resulting diseases could be highly infectious, difficult to treat, and may have devastating consequences for global health. The looming threat of a zombie virus underscores the importance of preparedness for unknown pandemics. It serves as a wake-up call for global cooperation in monitoring and addressing environmental changes to prevent such catastrophic events.

In conclusion, the current state of our planet’s health, with global warming at the forefront, demands our immediate attention. The potential release of ancient viruses serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of environmental negligence. As the adage goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, and it is high time we collectively take action to ensure the health of our planet and, consequently, our own well-being.

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