Are there zombies in China? Is there a zombie apocalypse happening? Do zombies really exist? Users on TikTok seem to think so
A recent trend on social media has made some users concerned about a real-life zombie outbreak said to be taking place in China.
To quickly answer the question of whether there are zombies in China or not – no, there are no zombies in China.
Zombies don’t exist and there’s no zombie apocalypse on the horizon ready to end the world.
However, it appears that the combination of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and the pandemic has left some concerns about a potential Living Dead Location.
Here’s what you need to know about the online trend.
Where does “Zombies in China” come from?
According to its website, We Are The Mighty is a “veteran-run digital publisher and media agency that provides brands with video production, marketing, advertising, and consulting services to connect with the military community.”
The article explains why a zombie apocalypse is “highly likely” to break out in China, using excerpts from Max Brooks’ book World War Za fictional zombie apocalypse horror novel published in 2006.
The article’s author states that “China would suppress news of an outbreak” and quotes Brooks’ book as saying: “By refusing to tell the world the truth about the zombie outbreak, the Chinese communist government aided its dissemination based on misinformation about what actually happened.”
How did the social media trend start?
As with most internet trends, it’s unclear how the whole zombies in China thing got started online.
Users on TikTok and Twitter started talking about the trend, and many seemed to mistakenly believe it was real.
The hashtag #ZombiesinChina has received over 4.3 million views on TikTok as users shared their concerns and jokes about the possible zombie outbreak.
Users on TikTok seem to perpetuate the idea of a zombie outbreak in China by posting videos and clips of zombies from movies and TV shows, claiming they are real.
How would I prepare for a zombie outbreak?
The guide’s description states, “The CDC has a fun new way of teaching the importance of emergency preparedness. Our graphic novel, Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic, is a fun way to demonstrate the importance of being prepared, which people of all ages will enjoy.
“Readers follow Todd, Julie and their dog Max as a strange new disease spreads and turns ordinary people into zombies.
“Stay tuned in to the end for a twist that highlights the importance of being prepared for any emergency.”
“The novel includes a preparedness checklist so readers can prepare their family, workplace, or school before disaster strikes.”
The “preparation checklist” includes things like:
- Water – one gallon per person per day
- Groceries – non-perishable, easy-to-prepare foods (minimum three-day supply)
- Battery operated or hand crack radio
- Additional batteries
- First aid kit (whistle, antibiotic ointment, bandages, face masks, gloves)
- Medication (7-day supply and medical pharmacies if required)
- Multipurpose supplies (wrenches, pliers, plastic wrap, tape, scissors, matches)
- Hygiene/toiletries and bleach
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and relevant medical information, proof of address, deed/home rental agreement, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Mobile phone with charger
- Family Disaster Plan (Family and Emergency Contact Information)
- extra money
- Rescue blanket, spare clothes, sleeping bag (one for each person)
- Map(s) of the area