Nicolas Franco (Université de Namur & Hasselt Universiteit)
March 31 @ 13:00 - 14:00
Title: “Using social contact data to inform covid-19 epidemiological models and parameters”
Concerning SARS-CoV-2 transmission as well as many other infectious diseases, heterogeneity and age-related characteristics are crucial in order to correctly capture the dynamics. The use of social contact data is a modern method which has been widely used during the covid-19 pandemic in Belgium and other European countries thanks to the CoMix survey. In this talk, we present why and how those social contact data should be used. We develop the next generation principle based on Perron-Frobenius theory and derive a new numerical tool to estimate the time-evolution of heterogeneous susceptibility regarding SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission.