Game Developers Conference Postponed Due to Coronavirus

An Important GDC 2020 Update announces that the 2020 Game Developers Conference is being postponed due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus. Word is they plan to reschedule the trade show to an unspecified time this summer:
After close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and community around the world, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March.

Having spent the past year preparing for the show with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we're genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time.

We want to thank all our customers and partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement. As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects at GDC. For this reason, we fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer. We will be working with our partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.

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From the Spanish Flu wiki page:
The global mortality rate from the 1918/1919 pandemic is not known, but an estimated 10% to 20% of those who were infected died. With about a third of the world population infected, this case-fatality ratio means 3% to 6% of the entire global population died.
Far worse is this, which I found in an article about the Spanish flu I was reading recently:
Regardless of origin, one of the factors that made the influenza so deadly is that it turned the body’s natural defenses against it, unleashing an effect ominously called a “cytokine storm.” The white blood cells that are supposed to protect the body from disease become over-stimulated, producing an excessive amount of cytokines (a class of proteins intended to signal immune and endocrine responses). The cascading cytokines in turn triggered an often fatal inflammatory response leading to pancreatitis, fluid in the lunges, hemorrhaging and organ failure.

As a result, the pandemic’s highest fatality rate occurred amongst relatively young adults aged twenty to forty with strong immune systems, while comparatively sparing the lives of the very old and young.
So basically, the better your immune system, the worse the flu hit you. This situation is nowhere close to the Spanish flu.

This comment was edited on Feb 29, 2020, 21:44.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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