Secondary Hazards

Viruses

Viruses

During the Apollo 7 mission, astronauts fell ill with colds due to mucus build-up in microgravity, prompting discomfort during helmet wear and fear of pressure changes during re-entry. NASA implemented a two-week pre-launch quarantine, yet viruses still reach space, with the International Space Station harboring various strains, including dormant ones that can reactivate and spread contagiously. Ultraviolet radiation exposure is suspected to reactivate viruses, posing challenges for healthcare on Mars, where a continuous influx of new arrivals may exacerbate disease control efforts.

Special

A virus can spread rapidly amongst the astronauts and strike down many at one time, severely hampering the colony and its ability to use the astronaut’s labor until they rest or seek medical attention. Viruses only impact astronauts and therefore may lead to brief spikes in medicine prices.

Intensity

Minimum intensity: 0

Maximum intensity: 100

Chance to Occur

Baseline Per Hour: 1%

Continuation Modifier:

+2% increased chance if occured in the previous hour.

Damage

Damage calculation:

Intensity - Resistance

Items Vulnerable to this Hazard

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