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Popular Mobile Game Takes a Shot at Anti-vaxxers

Some of the biggest health news headlines have been about the rise of anti-vaxxers in the United States as more and more parents are not getting their children vaccinated. Now, there’s one game known as a sickness simulator that’s adding in anti-vaxxers as a cause of the end of humanity.

Plague Inc., which was created by Ndemic Creations, will be adding anti-vaxxers into the game by popular demand after a fan petition was started on Change.org and asked Ndemic to consider adding anti-vaxxers into the game if the petition reached 10,000 signatures. As of press time, the petition has reached over 20,000 signatures.

Edward Gabrian was the person behind the creation of the petition and his reason for the petition was: “Anti-vaxxers are stupid.”

Plague Inc. was first released for mobile devices in 2012 as a free game with microtransactions for any special diseases to use in-game and it has been a popular game for all mobile users since. The game is so popular that it has since been ported to PC, and Ndemic Creations released the game as a board game after a successful Kickstarter in 2016.

The game is realistic to the point that in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control invited the developer, James Vaughan, to their headquarters in Atlanta to talk about how the game can be used as an educational tool for people.

There is no information about when the update to the game will happen or any official response from any anti-vaxxers about this news.

 

Surviving the Radford Plague

If you’re a student at Radford, chances are you’ve heard of the Radford Plague. It’s about as well-known to Radford students as bad parking options, the Dalton Dash, and the phrases light side and dark side. Unfortunately, it seems to be as big a part of Radford’s culture as the lack of A/C in Muse is, and we’re not sure which is worse. The Radford Plague, if you’ve been fortunate enough to have never heard of it or experienced it, is an epidemic of illness, whether that be the flu, flu-like symptoms, or a really bad cold, that spreads like wildfire. Perhaps it stems from our friendly nature here at Raddy and our love of hanging out and being with others that allows any kind of sickness to be so easily spread.

So if you’ve been like the majority of us and have gotten the Plague, here are a few tips that will help you make it through.

Drink fluids

Drinking fluids helps flush out your system and, of course, keeps you hydrated. If you have a fever, it helps you stay cool and replaces any fluids that you may lose. Water, soup, and tea are the best options. Juice with vitamin C is alright, but avoid sugary sodas and even drinks such as Gatorade which have a high sugar content. These will just make you more thirsty.

Get Plenty of Rest

When you’re sick, you need more sleep than usual so your body can fight off whatever’s making you sick, whether it be a virus or bacterial infection. Try not to stay up too late and avoid strenuous activities until you’ve felt better for at least a few days. If you push yourself too hard without having enough rest, you might have a relapse which will put you right back where you started. So rest up. I’m sure you don’t need too much convincing to skip a class and get some extra sleep.

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“When you’re sick, you need more sleep than usual so your body can fight off whatever’s making you sick, whether it be a virus or bacterial infection.” Photo from: www.images.medicaldaily.com

Take the right kind of medication

If you have a fever, make sure you’re taking something with acetaminophen (Tylenol), which will help bring the fever down. Acetaminophen also helps relieve aches, pains, and a sore throat. If you have bad cough, take something with dextromethorphan (Robitussin/Delsym). If you have a stuffy head and bad nasal congestion, make sure you take something with pseudoephedrine (Sudafed). If you have the full-blown Plague/flu (fever, aches and pains, fatigue, nasal congestion, cough, sore throat) Dayquil and Nyquil cover just about all those symptoms. Nyquil, of course, makes you tired and helps you sleep, so don’t do anything you wouldn’t be comfortable doing while sleeping, like driving or operating a forklift. Follow the dosage instructions on the box, and take the medication after you start to feel better to make sure you don’t relapse.

Note: If your symptoms are severe and don’t get better over time, go see a doctor.

WASH YOUR HANDS

This is by far the best way to stop spreading the Plague and to prevent getting it in the first place. Wash your hands all the time—before you eat, before you snack, before you touch your face, mouth, or eyes, after touching germy things like keyboards, door handles, and remote controls, and, of course, after you use the bathroom. Hand sanitizer works in a pinch, but soap and warm water are the most effective.

Take a trip back to medieval times

The United States surprisingly still suffers from what was once called the Black Death. Even though we aren’t piling up dead on the streets like medieval peasants, there are cases of the bubonic plague that arise every year in the US.

On October 21st, an eastern Oregon teen developed a type of bacterial infection called the bubonic plague. The young woman from Crook County contracted the disease from a flea bite while on a hunting trip on the countryside.

The trip began on October 16th, and it’s reported that she became very sick five days later and then was hospitalized at a Bend hospital.

She was recovering in an intensive care unit but has recently been removed from the unit.

The bubonic plague was very common in medieval times because of their poor hygiene and ignorant sanitizing techniques. Italians unknowingly brought fleas containing the bubonic plague to ports across Europe. Because of the modernization that has occurred to this date, the plague is extremely rare today.

In recent decades an average of seven human plague cases have been reported each year in the US, according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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“In recent decades an average of 7 human plague cases have been reported each year in the U.S.”

Since 1995, Oregon has had eight people that have been diagnosed with the plague; however, no deaths have occurred. The Crook County girl is the 16th U.S. case this year.

In 2006, the U.S. had 17 cases of the plague, but 1,000 to 2,000 cases have been reported internationally to the World Health Organization every year.

In 2012, an Oregon man lost his fingers and toes to the plague. He attempted to remove a mouse from his pet cat’s throat and, unfortunately obtained the disease through that action.

If caught early, the plague can be treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated or is discovered too late, the disease can take lives.

The symptoms to look for when checking for the plague include high fever, lethargy, and swollen lymph nodes, most commonly in the neck and under the jaw. These symptoms will emerge anywhere from “one to four days after exposure.”

The bubonic plague is the most common form of the plague. The CDC says that doctors should consider the plague as an option when they see patients with flu-like symptoms who have been outdoors where they might encounter fleas.

Officials recommend people avoid any contact with wild rodents and should never feed chipmunks or squirrels. It’s also important to keep pets away from contact with wild rodents to avoid infection.

Listen to public officials, Radford University, and don’t feed the squirrels around campus. You could become infected with the bubonic plague.