Each street has a clearance and safety officer – an army sergeant – who performs rounds each morning to make sure the streets are not clogged with dead and dying. He also performs checks on all the houses in their area with a Registered Affected to make sure everyone is still safe/alive/not eaten yet.
People live in extended families and small houses – mainly in rural communities. Since the Outbreak, the urban areas have mainly become no-go areas. Community spirit and ‘local gossip’ are rife. Rationing has been brought back.
The Affected are tolerated (they are family after all) because they are needed for manual labour because there are barely enough non-Affected for the country to function, though there are frequent attacks by vigilante groups (‘the Night Gangs’). Affecteds are generally treated badly by society and frequently referred to in, ‘racist’ terms eg ‘shufflemuncher’, ‘brainchomper’, ‘Untermuncher’, ‘Zoms’ and ‘stinkystinkydeaddead’.
There are Government signs everywhere:
‘Are you infected?’
‘Get them vaccinated’
‘Look for the armband’
‘The cure is coming. Work together’
‘Holding out for the cure’
‘Got a Sniffle? Get A Test’
‘Be sure of your family members’
‘Are they registered?’
‘Keep Calm and Carry On’
‘Put Up and Shut Up’
‘The Apocalypse Is Not Over Yet’