The spread of the coronavirus across the globe has sparked alarm in many countries. The disease possesses pneumonia-like symptoms and has been identified as part of the SARS family of diseases, although health officials suggest that this virus will not be as dangerous as SARS. What was originally tracked to a now-shuttered fish market in the Wuhan province of China. The coronavirus has so far killed at least 17 people in the country and infected more than 500 others. Possible spread has now identified via human-to-human methods. This has led to possible cases in Canada, the US and other countries.
This fear has now caused a response from the developer, Ndemic Creations. The game was originally designed as “a tool to teach the public about outbreaks and disease transmission,” but Ndemic Creations would like to remind folks that there are some problems with that model.
“However, please remember that Plague Inc. is a game, not a scientific model and that the current coronavirus outbreak is a very real situation which is impacting a huge number of people,” the statement continued, noting that players and fans of the game should not look to the simulation for information or insights into the coronavirus or it’s spread. This point is crucial, as the game doesn’t take into account the variety of variables that a more accurate model would, making it very unreliable for gaining insight into how real diseases spread.
Ndemic Creations also pointed users to the WHO which has put out a variety of resources in multiple languages on the virus.