The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

The Game of Flu

Swine flu is one of the big stories these days as we approach another flu season in the northern hemisphere.  How do you control a flu epidemic?  Well, Dutch researchers are going to let you flugive it a try by playing the Great Flu Game.  Your goal is to control the worldwide pandemic through a variety of means such as stockpiling anti-virals, closing schools, restricting travel, etc.  You even get to choose the virus you want to track.  Everything you do has a cost and you have a budget, so you can’t do everything (which means you may not be able to save some very unhappy people). How much do you spend on research vs anti-virals vs vaccines?

I haven’t gotten a chance to play the game yet, but it looks interesting.  Guess I have to save the world tonight.


August 18, 2009 - Posted by | Biology, Fun Stuff

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