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Consequences of delays and imperfect isolation in epidemic control


In the absence of a vaccine, isolation is about the only available means to control an epidemic. I would like to share with everyone some things I learned from a project I worked on a few years ago studying the consequences of delays and imperfect isolation. We used a toy model defined by a system of delay differential equations (which gives rise to an infinite dimensional dynamical system) to illustrate some simple points. Some of the ideas may resonate, but I stress that this is NOT specifically about covid-19.


Lai-Sang Young

Speaker Affiliation

New York University; Member, School of Mathematics



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Date & Time
April 09, 2020 | 5:307:00pm


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