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Nielsen 2021b

COVID-19 Superspreading Suggests Mitigation by Social Network Modulation

  1. Study Type
  2. Modelling
  1. Study Aim
  2. Transmission
  3. Epidemiology
  1. Study Design
  2. Other
  1. Intervention Assignment
  2. Not Applicable

COVID-19 Superspreading Suggests Mitigation by Social Network Modulation

Nielsen BF, Simonsen L, Sneppen K
Journal article
Report Results
Although COVID-19 has caused severe suffering globally, the efficacy of nonpharmaceutical interventions has been greater than typical models have predicted. Meanwhile, evidence is mounting that the pandemic is characterized by superspreading. Capturing this phenomenon theoretically requires modeling at the scale of individuals. Using a mathematical model, we show that superspreading drastically enhances mitigations which reduce the overall personal contact number and that social clustering increases this effect