Contagion dynamics on adaptive networks: Norovirus as a case study

Deena Schmidt (May 6, 2020)

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Classical contagion models, such as SIR, and other infectious disease models typically assume a well-mixed contact process. This may be unrealistic for infectious disease spread where the contact structure changes due to individuals' responses to the infectious disease. For instance, individuals showing symptoms might isolate themselves, or individuals that are aware of an ongoing epidemic in the population might reduce or change their contacts. Here we investigate contagion dynamics in an adaptive network context, meaning that the contact network is changing over time due to individuals responding to an infectious disease in the population. We consider norovirus as a specific example and investigate questions related to disease dynamics and applications to public health.