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posted by martyb on Wednesday January 29 2020, @01:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the how-about-a-nice-game-of-chess? dept.

Plague Inc. maker: Don't use our game for coronavirus modeling:

Interest in the continued spread of the coronavirus has had an unintended side effect for UK-based Ndemic Creations, makers of Plague Inc. The eight-year-old game—which asks players to shepherd a worldwide pandemic so it can destroy all of humanity—has seen a spike in popularity in recent weeks, becoming the most-downloaded iPhone app in China on January 21 and in the United States on January 23, according to tracking firm App Annie.

The surge in interest has led Ndemic to issue a statement urging players not to rely on the app for information on staying safe from the coronavirus' current spread. "Please remember that Plague Inc. is a game, not a scientific model and that the currentcoronavirus outbreak is a very real situation which is impacting a huge number of people," the statement reads, in part. "We would always recommend that players get their information directly from local and global health authorities."

[...] Ndemic points players to the WHO for up-to-date information about the coronavirus. The disease now has more than 2,800 reported cases worldwide and has led to at least 80 deaths.

Interesting educational tool: CDC: Solve The Outbreak

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @07:34AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @07:34AM (#950545)

    Latest Ebola figures:

    "As of 21 January, a total of 3416 Ebola cases were reported, including 3297 confirmed and 119 probable cases, of which 2238 cases died (overall case fatality ratio 66%)"
    WHO figures from their website today (29 Jan), and relating to Democratic Republic of Congo. There are other places with Ebola.

    There is also Lassa fever, Dengue, Marberg, MERS, SARS, Plague, Yellow Fever, Zika, and a variety of other, very deadly diseases on the rampage.
    All of these are far more deadly, and in areas where the governments are no more, and probably a lot less, credible than China.

    If you want to panic, there is plenty of material that you can justify panicking. Corona Virus in not in the top 5 unless you live in China.
    In particular, plague is in America, and the present American government is certainly no more credible than China.

    Vote for Stupid - everyone else does!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @10:25AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @10:25AM (#950569)

    And guess what? No one has ever measured serum and WBC vitamin C levels in a single one of these critically ill patients, despite that it is reported depleted in every illness (and moreso if the illness is more severe). Why not measure it, then give them whatever does is required to get at least back to normal (~50 uM in the serum)? Then we can see how the patients do.