Modeling strict age-targeted mitigation strategies for COVID-19

Speaker: 
Wesley Pegden
Date: 
Wed, Apr 22, 2020
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Zoom
Conference: 
Mathematical Biology Seminar
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Abstract: 

In this talk, we will use compartmental models to examine the power of age-targeted mitigation strategies for COVID-19. We will present evidence that, in the context of strategies which end with herd immunity, age-heterogeneous strategies are better for reducing direct mortalities across a wide parameter regime. And using a model which integrates empirical data on age-contact patterns in the United States and recent estimates of COVID-19 mortality and hospitalization rates, we will present evidence that age-targeted approaches have the potential to greatly reduce mortalities and ICU utilization for COVID-19, among strategies which ultimately end the epidemic by reaching herd immunity. This is joint work with Maria Chikina.

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