Mary Tutwiler

What to do while you're home with the flu

by Mary Tutwiler

Three days in and you’re probably feeling better, but can’t go back to work with that nasty cough. Already finished the new Elmore Leonard book, Saints game is history, sick of chicken soup. Here’s something to keep you occupied: The Great Flu game. Designed by Dutch researcher Albert Osterhaus, head of virology at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the game is a race between a government fighting a pandemic and the spread of a killer virus.

The problem is, I’ve been sitting here at home trying to play this game for about an hour now. I don’t know if it’s the fever in my brain or the fact that the game was designed by a scientist, but I can’t win, can’t even stop the spread of the flu in an isolated place like Australia. Now what would be more therapeutic, this game or a good vaccine? What is the head of virology doing designing Internet games anyway? Leave that stuff to the game geeks. Go to work and get me well! Hrummph. Where’s my ginger ale? I need some ice. It’s too hot in here. Don’t forget to close the door.