Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers vote for their favourite answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the least votes every week until we have a winner. The ultimate Brain Game winner will win a fabulous prize.
Votes close at midnight on Sunday.
Covid-19: Hi cousin Sars, I’m the latest coronavirus. I am similar to you and I give people pneumonia and act very fast. But some people are asymptomatic – they show no signs that they’ve caught me – that is why I’m a silent killer.
I have infected and killed more people than you. Your outbreak was mostly in China and Hong Kong but I’m world famous now. You taught people in Hong Kong to maintain good hygiene, so they were able to contain my spread faster than other countries in the world. The world economy is also behind me! Want some tips, buddy?
Sars: Don’t be complacent yet, buddy. People are fighting you and finding new testing methods and vaccines all around the globe. Your time is going to end soon.
Sars rides out gloriously on his black stallion, powerfully armed, ready to wreak havoc on the world. Raising his sword, he prepares to bellow out his war cry …
Suddenly, a thundering boom splits the sky above, revealing Covid-19, an infinite army of terrifying monsters drooling for death and destruction. She looks down at Sars, smiling maliciously.
Within a second, Sars vanishes, leaving behind not even his ashes for commemoration.
Some believe I mutated from you. Your passage across the world was slower than mine. I get to spread faster globally than you could through air travel.
I’m happy that the environment is getting better and people are getting used to the “new normal”. I’m sure they will soon push me out, like you. But for now, I’m swamped with work, got to go, brother.
Hi Sars! I have finally made my way to human bodies. Thanks to your training, I am now stronger than any virus humans have seen. They have even announced a global pandemic.
I hope you are proud of me. People all over the world are talking me. At least the humans have learned a lesson and will now think twice before messing with Mother Nature.
@Sars: Hey Covid, when are you leaving?
@Covid-19: Well, people all thought you left because it was hot, but it was actually just people containing you and quarantining themselves. Hongkongers have learned a lesson since your “Sars war”. Everyone is avoiding me like a plague. But sadly not in the West; some are even protesting that businesses should reopen. Seems like I’ll really have hit them hard to “open” their minds. : (
Hey Sars, I think I should be calling you senpai by now. Thanks to you, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve on how to hide from infrared screening and temperature checks. Travelling to more than 180 countries is really draining though, and this is really wearing me out. Please, I beg you, teach me how to survive the daily storm of antivirals!
Even though I have a lot more cases than you did (yeah!), I’m wondering how you managed a fatality rate of 9.6 per cent?
Health care nowadays is better than back in 2003, so it is harder for me to infect new people. Despite this, I have learned to persevere because of you. Thanks a lot!
P.S. Could I have your autograph?
With appreciation, your number one fan, Covid-19
Dear Uncle Sars,
Long time, no see. I hope you are doing well. I bet you’ve heard about the Earth game I’ve been playing since late 2019. But it is way different than what I had expected. The Earth’s environment has got way better since I started the outbreak, but too many “hoomans” have been getting sick and dying.
Please send me some advice!
Your nephew, Covid-19
Dear Grandfather Sars,
Humans are stronger than I thought. Our plan is facing some obstacles, and the speed of invasion is slowing down.
Nevertheless, WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING. Grandfather, I will finish what you started. Many years ago, you began the epic Sars attack. Today, I’ve made it legendary. I believe we will make the coronavirus great again! Bless me, and may the power of the coronavirus be with me.
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