Online flu pandemic game in the works

Stuart Candy
Stuart Candy

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) -- It's an online game, with a very serious twist.

State officials are creating an interactive game, to help local residents better understand and get ready for the next flu pandemic.

"It's intended to help people imagine what it would be like for a global flu pandemic to occur. Although the scenario affects the whole world, the game is seen through people on this island," said Stuart Candy, project lead.

This one-of-a-kind game is called Coral Cross. Candy is with the Hawaii Research Center for Future Studies. He's working with state health officials on the project and describes it as an interactive game that'll help residents better understand the pandemic.

"Instead of just a sound bite about a really complex issue, this provides a portal into its complexities," said Candy.

It'll help people prepare because health officials say, it's not a matter of if a flu pandemic hits, but when. Coral Cross will also help officials determine who will get a vaccination, when it does happen.

"One of the missions in the game will entail people entering their own information to find out how high a priority they would be," said Candy.

And by playing along, participants will be able to provide policy makers with feedback, helping them make decisions when the real one hits. The game's developers are being tight-lipped about other details because Coral Cross is still in the works.

But you'll be able to see for yourself in about a month.

Just go to