This morning CNN posted a link to an ingenious interactive tool where you try to steer a ship through the Suez Canal.
You control the rudder and the power - and keep trying not to crash into the banks and create a monstrous traffic jam!
Needless to say, despite my NYC street parking prowess I crashed numerous times.!
One morning you wake up and public health experts have put aside their directives, pleas and shaming - and, for one brief moment, set out to create something a new way of talking to the public - something that grabs us and leads us to discover ( in the safety of our online worlds) what it might take to control a pandemic. Maybe they even think of the ship stuck in the Suez canal.
In the CNN article, the captain of the lodged ship Yasha Gupta explains the importance of the wind in particular because these container ships are stacked so high.
"Wind is a particularly important consideration for container ships because the stacked containers lends them a dizzying height. "So you can imagine it's just like a solid wall, which is faced against the wind," He says the wind effect is uncontrollable because the ship is in water. It's not possible to hit the brakes in the same way you'd stop a moving car.
Their disclaimer works for me and could be emphasized to the user of the health info.
\Note: This is a non-scientific simplified interactive experience intended for illustrative purposes only. There are many factors that have not been accounted for, including (but not restricted to): the depth of water; proximity to the banks; interaction with passing ships; the turning circle; availability of tug boats and other weather conditions like visibility. We have also sped up the time it takes to maneuver a ship of this size. Master Mariner Andy Winbow and Captain Yash Gupta have been advisers.