Why is ‘Zombies in China’ trending? English Headline

TIKTOK users are reportedly living in fear that a zombie apocalypse may be on the horizon.

Even though there is little evidence to suggest they are even remotely real, many users have reportedly raised the alarm in light of a new online trend.

Why is ‘Zombies in China’ trending?

During August 2022, TikTok was awash with theories that zombies were in China.

Many also thought a potential doomsday was nigh.

The confusion appeared to stem from a bogus article in 2021 that referenced China as the likely birthplace of a potential zombie apocalypse.  

The story references the novel World War Z by Max Brooks, which chronicles the fictional Zombie World War.


TikTok users are concerned that a zombie apocalypse could start in China[/caption]

However many failed to acknowledge that the work was fiction as various reels were shared citing that a zombie virus outbreak was on its way in 2022.

Who started the ‘Zombies in China’ trend?

It is unknown who started sharing the bizarre trend, although the prospect of a potential apocalypse did garner some humorous reactions online.

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Some on social media appeared to now know the truth behind the phenomenon.

One tweeted: “Tiktok just scared the s**t out of me because people said there were zombies in China and I did my research obvi and all it said was that it ain’t true god damn.”

Another user commented, “I’m moving to the damn moon”, while one tweeted “Oh lord please tell me this isn’t real. I am googling how to move to Mars”.

And one joked: “China is building new Great Barbed Wire Wall to keep the zombies locked in.”

Another wrote: “What! All those zombie apocalypse jokes jinxed us.”

Do zombies exist?

Despite what the pop culture may tell you, zombies do not exist.

However, some illnesses mirror the traits of zombies, such as rabies and leprosy, which could mean we may end up having a “zombie” variant on our hands.

Scientists have previously researched whether there is a virus that could cause an apocalypse but none have had a breakthrough.

Following the rapid spread of coronavirus during the pandemic, it does raise an eyebrow on how quick a “zombie” virus would travel to create an apocalypse.

If theoretically, a zombie apocalypse was to happen, the containment would all depend on how the outbreak started.

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Typically, in films and TV shows, zombies will bite people, turning them into one too.

That spread would be much easier to contain than a mutant virus.

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