Internet users have gone insane when stories of "zombies in China" started spreading on social media.
Many people on the video-sharing app TikTok are worried after footage and replies concerning a "zombie outbreak" in China were uploaded.
While zombies are a popular pop culture trope, there is no indication of a real-world outbreak—but that hasn't prevented people from sharing their responses and worries online.
Where Did the Term "Zombies in China" Originate?
The report, titled "This is how a zombie apocalypse is most likely to start in China," is said to be based on suspicions that communist governments have hidden knowledge concerning global threats in the past. The report claimed that China participates in "lies and propaganda," citing the 1986 Chernobyl accident, in which the Soviet Union refused to admit a problem until other countries had solid proof, and argued that they would most likely hide an outbreak from the rest of the world.
The story also quoted a paragraph from Max Brooks' World War Z: "By refusing to reveal to the world the truth of the zombie epidemic, the Communist Chinese leadership encouraged its expansion due to misinformation about what was truly happening."
What Was the Origin of 'Zombies in China'?
While the origins of the viral videos and commentary are unknown, thousands of people have continued to share and react on the internet.
Many people turned to Twitter to comment on the viral trend and to find out what was going on.
"Are there zombies in China?" wondered one internet user. "I'm not trying to terrify anyone, but why are people on TikTok stating there are zombies in China?" commented another.
Meanwhile, as thousands were perplexed—and a bit scared—by reports of zombies appearing on their page, others took advantage of the situation to share some well-timed jokes.
"I'm going to Mars if those dead folks start walking around," one Twitter user said. Others joked about building a new "Great Barbed Wire Wall to keep the zombies out."
Others began spreading fabricated footage of so-called "zombies" culled from fake TV shows, movies, and even home videos in an attempt to mislead people into believing in a real pandemic.
Could There Be a Zombie Invasion?
While recollections of the COVID-19 virus's rapid spread may have scared some people away from the idea of a new virus and its propensity to spread quickly over the world, it is crucial to remember that zombies do not exist.
Last year's iconic predictions from 1500s French scholar Michel De Nostradamus prophesied a zombie apocalypse and global hunger in 2021.
Zombies are not real, despite popular belief, and scientists have found no evidence of a virus capable of causing an apocalyptic cataclysm.