Homework#3: Visualizing Epidemics

The name of my disease is “Hyper K”.

On the first game, I started to spread Hyper K on East Africa on October 17th 2015. On December 15th 2015 in these two months Hyper K affected one hundred people. After about four months passed on April 10th 2016, it affected million people. The First death occurred on February second 2017. It took ten months to the first death. I think new disease to be lethal took some time to evolve their Symptoms and abilities by itself throughout the transmission progress. When I used DNA points to evolved Hyper K’s transmission traits like rodent or birds and symptoms like coughing, it spreads faster. And I also evolved Hyper K’s abilities such as heat and drug resistance, it became more lethal.

Unfortunately Hyper K could not destroy the human race. It lasted 866 days before a cure was found.


On the second game, I started began on Canada on October 17th 2015. After four months passed on February 25th 2016, it affected one hundred people. After six months on September 15th 2016, it affected million people. First death occurred April 24th 2017. It took a year and a half to occur First death.

In this time Hyper K also could not destroy the human race. It lasted 800days before a cure was found.

On the second game on Canada took longer to spread and the disease last shorter than the first one in East Africa. I think because of the differences on the level of medical facility and national health care system between two countries. Also it could be affected by East Africa’s lags in sanitary condition and national consciousness. And East Africa typically has hot climates. It could accelerated Hyper K’s contagiousness.


The First game helped me to understand pandemic situation better because it is more close to reality. Just about a years ago when Ebola occurred in USA, I think CDC did a pretty good job as a disease control tower. Although two people died and some people are still saying it is too early to relax, since December 1st 2014 there are no more Ebola infected person has been reported in USA.

Unlike USA, in West Africa people are still fighting for this disease and it is keep spreading in progress. And I think if a disease exists on the earth, it could always have a chance to evolve and mutate. We cannot just ignore them because it is none of my business. And there are more countries in the world still need our help.

During the game I noticed Greenland is the last infected country in both cases. So I used all my DNA points to evolve Hyper K’s all the transmission traits, symptoms and abilities to conquer Greenland.

It was one of the creepiest games I have ever played. Even the back ground music and sound crept me out. I think it could be perfectly fit for the Halloween.

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