only patients with the same disease can be infected
price penalty reflects difficulty to contain
consider cure method costs/duration
epidemic passed by contact
patients must be cured
vaccination helps prevent spread, but doesn't cure
if an epidemic patient leaves you have lost the cover-up
give infected patients priority in queues
use good doctors to cure/diagnose patients
epidemic over when Health Inspector reaches receptionist
epidemic can terminate early
cramped conditions and poor design may contribute
An epidemic is perhaps one of the most challenging emergencies to contain.
In any instance it is only patients with the named illness that will be
infected (even if they haven't been fully diagnosed yet). The price penalty
reflects potentially how difficult the epidemic will be to contain.
When you find out what the disease is you should consider whether the
cure takes a long time (e.g. surgery vs pharmacy). If it is too long then
just pay the fine. Cure limits are less than accident
emergencies as some infected patients still need diagnosis, but you
usually have more time so this roughly balances out.
When you get the epidemic announcement it is because one patient has
already been fully diagnosed and is now on the way to treatment. All patients
with the same condition that this patient has touched also show the symptoms
at the same time (i.e. not everyone who has the illness has the contagious
version of it yet). Mark them for vaccination and then get a free nurse
to perform the vaccination (drop her near the patient). Once vaccinated
the patient cannot pass the infectious disease on, but does still need
to be cured.
If an epidemic patient leaves the hospital then you automatically fail.
All patients must be cured for the Health Inspector to be satisfied
(though I did have one epidemic where a patient was still infected, but
in a diagnosis room at the time!) It is not enough to vaccinate them using
the nurses. Monitor the queues the patients are in and bounce them to the
front. If they are sufficiently well diagnosed you can save time and 'guess
a cure' (on the patient panel) in which case they will go directly to the
cure room. It may be beneficial (quicker) to use good doctors to cure and
You have until the Health Inspector reaches the receptionist desk to
cure the patients. On occasion the epidemic is terminated early when the
Ministry of Health hears of the epidemic you are trying to cover up. There
is nothing you can do about this.
Cramped conditions in your hospital might be a significant
contribution to the creation of epidemics. It appears that when patients mill
around in close proximity to each other (narrow corridors, small waiting areas)
then epidemics are more frequent. Try to design your waiting areas so that
patients in a queue don't have large numbers of patients walking past them.
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