Let's imagine we have a disease. Call it the "Thought Plague". It has all the symptoms of a normal disease; in fact, let's use COVID as our symptoms baseline. However, this disease has an... unusual way of spreading.
It spreads by thought. As in, if you know about it, you catch it. Not only that but, if you catch it, after the incubation period of 14 days ends, you are more likely to tell other people about the disease.
Because of this, methods, as we use now, don't work; if you tell people to not tell people about the disease, everyone is infected.
How can the disease's spread be prevented?
- Assume the people trying to stop the spread of the disease have complete control over laws, etc, but not whether people follow them.
- The likelihood of you being infected is based on how much you know about the disease; if you just know the name, it spreads roughly 1% of the time; if you know how it spreads, 5%, and so forth.
- The organization attempting to stop the spread is still susceptible to the plague.
- I will add more info as needed.
- If it seems impossible, you can remove or add limitations until it is possible to prevent the spread.
- Like COVID, once you catch the disease and are symptomatic, you are free from it in about 14 days. After this, you will not catch it again. The disease doesn't mutate.