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According to the CDC since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic the USA has had approximately 103.5 million Covid cases. To find the best way to control the disease, additional mathematical models are useful to predict what would happen in various situations. This project aims to analyze the outcomes of different interventions to determine the most effective strategies for responding to a pandemic. I used an SIR model to model how disease spreads through the population and looked at different intervention methods for controlling outbreaks. Some of these methods include, targeting vaccinations, mass quarantines, and contact tracing. I implemented simulations to keep track of important outcomes such as total infections and most infections on any single day. I examined the targeted vs. untargeted vaccine distribution strategies, the optimal timing for going into mass quarentine, and the impact of contact tracing. From these different methods we can see how to limit the spread or flatten the curve so people can live healthier lives.
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences
Institutional Learning Goals
Scholarship; Practical Wisdom
"Modeling the Benefits of Pandemic Interventions" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 3183.
Presentation: 9:00-10:15 a.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom