Around the world, countries have adapted health policies of different magnitudes ever since their exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Cough Cough is an interactive game in which players can learn and discover the various mitigation policies undertaken by different nations during the COVID-19 pandemic by making the decisions & seeing the results firsthand as the health director of their own imaginary nation. The decisions made are designed to educate people about the policymaking during the pandemic along with how they can do their part like getting vaccinated.
How to Play
Imagine that you are the health director of an imaginary nation and you have just received news of the virus spreading rapidly. You will be given a number of decisions to make that will affect your country's health metrics and your goal is to: prevent the death count from reaching above 10,000, prevent the hospital capacity from overfilling, and preventing the virus positivity rate surpasses 50% (meaning that 1 in 2 people has the virus). If any of that happens, your country is not very healthy and the pandemic is out of control so you lose. Survive the pandemic by maintaining the health of your nation for 12 months.
Experience an interactive text adventure through the COVID-19 pandemic as the health director of your nation making critical decisions...
Imagine that you are the health director of an imaginary country and you have just received news of COVID-19 spreading rapidly. Your goal is to prevent the death count from reaching 10,000, hospital capacity from overfilling, and the virus positivity rate from surpassing 50%.
Choose your country
A new disease outbreak called SAR-CoV-2 is spreading drastically.
Virus transmission has traveled from country to country and is soon about to be a global pandemic.
It has now reached and this will be a health crisis.
Virus test positivity rate is slowly increasing...
Hospital capacity is slowly increasing...
Death toll is slowly increasing...
It is your job as the health director of to coodinate the effort to contain the virus.
Can you help your nation get through this impending pandemic successfully?
ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE
-- but without the tough decisions you made, even more citizens would have unknowingly went out & spread the virus and died...
is proud of you for keeping the population healthy for 12 months into this pandemic!
Since the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, there are many things we will not know about until in the future when history is written. As such, this is only a small game, so not many topics are covered and the decisions are only an inch deep of a mile wide road.
To find out more about various countries' COVID-19 policies, visit here, and to learn more about the virus in general, visit here.
Result of Your DecisionLoosening restrictions while there is no major immunity and the virus is still prominent is certainly not a good idea. In the United States, the CDC recommended families not travel for Thanksgiving & the December holiday season, yet still, for Thanksgiving alone, there were 10 million people that traveled by air. In just two weeks following, cases and hospitalizations increased by about 20%, and the deaths jumped 39%.