This week I’ll be blogging about five stages of turning into a zombie.
I could start with an uninfected person as stage one to use as a control or comparison to contrast the other stages against, however since I’m trying to focus on the actual stages of transformation, I’ll be skipping that and focussing on this individual from the point of infection onward.
Stage one: Brave soldier
Shortly after infection, if the person knows they are at risk of death or being transformed the survival instincts kick into gear. At this stage the person runs the risk of a panic reaction manifested in a gung-ho battle glory. They are more likely than ever to take extreme risks and fight without as much fear or with a disregard for safety. This may seem heroic but could also get the people around them killed.
If the person is injured but not infected, but fear they are infected, they might still fall into this pattern of behavior.
In some cases, the person might simply try to cary on. This is more likely if they don’t believe or know they are infected as may happen more often in the early stages of an outbreak or where information about the spread of zombism isn’t well-known.
At this stage the infected person still appears totally normal showing the usual signs of grooming and hygiene and retains cognition though this depends on how long the transformation process takes.