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Title    Plague Inc. Maker: Don't use our Game for Coronavirus Modeling
Date    Wednesday January 29 2020, @01:30AM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the how-about-a-nice-game-of-chess? dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/01/28/1846219

Freeman writes:

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

Previously:
China Battles Coronavirus Outbreak: All the Latest Updates
Coronavirus: Millions Quarantined in Wuhan City
China Confirms Human-To-Human Transmission of New Coronavirus; CDC Confirms First US Case
China Reports 3rd Death, Nearly 140 New Cases of Coronavirus


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Links

  1. "Freeman" - https://soylentnews.org/~Freeman/
  2. "Plague Inc. maker: Don't use our game for coronavirus modeling" - https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/01/plague-inc-maker-dont-use-our-game-for-coronavirus-modeling/
  3. "Ndemic Creations" - https://www.ndemiccreations.com/en/
  4. "Plague Inc." - https://www.ndemiccreations.com/en/22-plague-inc
  5. "according to tracking firm App Annie" - https://www.appannie.com/apps/ios/app/plague-inc/rank-history/?vtype=day&countries=CN,US&device=iphone&view=rank&legends=2222%7C2222&date=2019-10-27~2020-01-27
  6. "issue a statement" - https://www.ndemiccreations.com/en/news/172-statement-on-the-current-coronavirus-outbreak
  7. "points players to the WHO" - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  8. "CDC: Solve The Outbreak" - https://www.cdc.gov/mobile/applications/sto/web-app.html
  9. "China Battles Coronavirus Outbreak: All the Latest Updates" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/01/27/0345215
  10. "Coronavirus: Millions Quarantined in Wuhan City" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/01/25/0045240
  11. "China Confirms Human-To-Human Transmission of New Coronavirus; CDC Confirms First US Case" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/01/21/2045238
  12. "China Reports 3rd Death, Nearly 140 New Cases of Coronavirus" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/01/20/0245257
  13. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=38820

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