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Old 10-25-2012, 02:20 PM   #1081 (permalink)
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How does everyone have the virus, but only turn when they get bit or scratched?
Lots of nasty things work that way. They're carriers.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:42 PM   #1082 (permalink)
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Maybe it has two states? A semi-dormant state with very slow growth cycle that allows it to hide from the immune system so that it cannot become overwhelmed by a living, active response. Spreads out, colonizes, but otherwise keeps a low profile so as not to trigger a response. Second stage, after it detects the host dying, activates it and kicks things into over drive. Replicating itself enough to over power the now limited defence response, because everything becomes localized. Replaces parts of the tissue, and the parasite then controls the host?

That way, if you contracted the dormant strain while alive, it stays dormant. But get bit by a carrier of the active strain? Well, it is already kicked into high gear and also kicks whatever you already have into high gear as well.

Any other theories on what direction the writers will take?
The biting or scratching doesn't turn a human. It just accelerates death, which then brings about zombiehood.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:33 PM   #1083 (permalink)
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The biting or scratching doesn't turn a human. It just accelerates death, which then brings about zombiehood.
Yea, what he says. Think of it like a snake bite from a very venomous snake... Except there's no anti-venom... Or is there
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:02 AM   #1084 (permalink)
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Lots of nasty things work that way. They're carriers.
I never thought about it, but I'm a step carrier, always have it 'in' me so to speak but it doesn't mean I always sick with strep throat.
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:54 AM   #1085 (permalink)
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Do they explain in the comic how it started?
Nope the comic has not yet described it yet and the storyline is wayyyy past the jail at this point.
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:44 PM   #1086 (permalink)
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The biting or scratching doesn't turn a human. It just accelerates death, which then brings about zombiehood.
I've been bit and scratched by humans before. (Damn kids... Mother said they were little angels, and only needed me to watch the little demons for a few minutes while she ran for an appointment.) Didn't die from that...
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:31 PM   #1087 (permalink)
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I've been bit and scratched by humans before. (Damn kids... Mother said they were little angels, and only needed me to watch the little demons for a few minutes while she ran for an appointment.) Didn't die from that...
Then I would surmise that either the biters weren't infected with a super bug or they were and you happen t be immune.

This would be great news in the case of a zombieapocalypse. It means you would only have to worry about being killed by zombies, survivors, wild animals, plain old ordinary diseases, dehydration, starvation, etc.
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I've been bit and scratched by humans before. (Damn kids... Mother said they were little angels, and only needed me to watch the little demons for a few minutes while she ran for an appointment.) Didn't die from that...
I'm sure it's all about infection. For example you're scratched, then grabbed by a super infection/fever. It quickly kills you off, then you turn like everyone else that dies.

That's why they pointed out that Herschel didn't have a fever after the ticking baby time bomb saved him.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:51 PM   #1089 (permalink)
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So, three options that I can see to explain how the infection works:

1. Two key life stages to the bug: Dormant until it detects the host is no longer in a shape that allows it to defend itself, where it rapidly multiplies and takes control. When bit you get a dose of fully active bug that reinforces the existing stuff, killing you, and letting it take over. (Explains why you can be infected, have it not kill you, and still turn when you die.)

2. Whatever the bug is remains mostly dormant till you're dead. After which it happily takes over your body that can no longer effectively fight back. Since your body can no longer effectively fight back against the bug, or any other bug, it also becomes a breeding ground for more general everyday stuff. The general every day stuff is then what kills you with infection after you get bit.

3. The writers haven't actually thought of this, and are simply talking out their collective backsides. Being a writer myself, and knowing a number of writers, I feel strongly that this may be the case.
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