Quantum Universe VIDEO Colloquium: Super-spreaders in the Corona Epidemics

Kim Sneppen (Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University)
16:00 h

Recently a powerful example of a replicating nano-machinery entered our society. In principle it is just a normal disease that one attempts to model with 3 or 4 simple coupled equations with 2 important parameters: a timescale, and a replication factor (the famous R0). Then one tries to guess how changes in society will change R0, and perhaps one will adapt some more or less strong lock-down measures. However, this virus has more “personality” than that. It behaves differently in different persons, and persons behave differently. Perhaps only a few of us infect a lot of people, while most do not infect so many. I will discuss this and other aspects of Covid-19 in perspective of models that describe heterogeneous individuals in society. In particular we find that mitigating superspreading opportunities opens up an opportunity for a cost effective way to mitigate Covid-19 and to prevent second waves.

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