I agree with you on this, this is one advantage we have over the zombies-w can outlast them. We have no hope of killin off every single zed, but given enough time, then will die. The virus that runs them will die off and leave a useless host body that will decay away.
Perhaps... perhaps not...
Remember its at an exremely slower rate to the point that a zed could go into a state of torpor, like a vamp, and literally stop decaying and start mummifying till more food is detected.
Hang a piece of meat over their heads and they'll claw at it until they collapse. It all depends on keeping them moving so their muscles burn out or find away to burn them out yourself, like electricity or fire.
True, but also not true. Because zombies do NOT break down and deteriorate at the same rate as a non-infected person. The same radiation that spawns the undead and gives them life also will not be eaten by the same micro bacteria microorganisms that break down dead tissue.
So, what we must rely upon is the natural grinding down of tissue through use and/or over use, not the same decaying system that applies to the non-infected.
I can't claim to be an expert but i think you are confusing the way in which these electrical impulses travel. Electrical impulses are not like the kind of power you see running through cables and wires, it isn't like a literal movement of electrons through metal. Instead it is series of ions switching positions on a cell membrane. The muscles won't burn out because i don't believe these processes damage muscle cells in anyway, they aren't receiving literal electric shocks just being stimulated to act..
As i said not an expert, so if someone can correct me if i'm wrong i would appreciate that.
You are both correct and incorrect.
You are correct in your assertion that the electrical impulses themselves will not destroy muscle tissue. If that were the case we would all be fucked before we learned to walk. However, muscle tissue does rip and tear with prolonged use. When building muscle, you are actually attempting to increase that ripping and tearing so that the body will be forced to repair it by adding more muscle tissue. Since zombies don't do this, then their muscle tissue would continuously degrade resulting in eventual liquifying of the muscle mass. However, nobody really understands exactly how this particular contagion works. It could be that some chemical is created that prevents the muscle tissue from breaking down in that way. Unless a decent research scientist survived, we may never know.
Yeah, I was think something more along those lines, I guess I got a little mixed up when I wrote this. I don't think the muscle tissue is going to change if infected, so if not that, then I don't see how muscle tissue can replicate, repair, or degrade in any different manner. I mean, tissue is tissue. I've never heard of anything that makes the cell wall of the tissue stronger. Unless it can repair or replicate it's cells, I don't see the tissue lasting long.
That's a valid point, but the thing about all these ideas is that a zombie will still need some level of metabolism to operate muscles need energy to work, if any damage were to be done it'd probably be by that i suppose. Oxidative free radicals screw cells up pretty bad and are produced during normal metabolism, the body has some fairly complicated systems to protect itself from these chemicals.
The thing is though, if you have that metabolism, why not replication?
that's why they eat human flesh, to replace the nutrients they need since they cannot do it themselves. the longer they are without food, the more they decompose to tar-man......
They have no circulation so they can't use anything they ingest.
then there is no point for the zombie to eat, you have to think in terms of the virus, it would need to work itself so it CAN use the nutrients even if the virus has to simulate itself to BE circulation