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Games company helps kids to halt coronavirus



Glasgow software company Game Doctor is developing a computer game to help children prevent the spread of coronavirus when they return to school.

Dr Carla Brown founded the business in 2016 to create educational games that encourage people to think more about science and health.

Game Doctor has now been been given £50,000 by Government agency Innovate UK to develop the mobile phone game aimed at eight to 16 year-olds, with more advanced levels for teenagers. The game will also help them understand drug and vaccine development.

The team will be work closely with Covid-19 researchers from the University of Glasgow and Queen’s University Belfast on the game, with support from a University of Stirling health psychologist. It is expected to be launched in September for iOS and Android and will be free to download.

Dr Brown has a degree in microbiology from the University of Dundee and gained a doctorate in philosophy, microbiology and immunology at the University of Glasgow.

Her firm works with the public sector and universities across the UK to create games which have included educating young people about antimicrobial resistance, sexual health and vaccinations.

She said: “This is a tense time for all of us, particularly for young people navigating ‘the new norm’ who, if things go according to plan, will be returning to school in August.

“We hope that by educating and equipping children to adjust, they will feel empowered and much less anxious. This funding will enable us to use our expertise to make a difference in these challenging times.”

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