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Engineers and Computer Scientists Predict the Spread of a Flu Pandemic with New Tool

August 11, 2010

Engineers and computer scientists designed a tool to track the spread of a flu pandemic, comparing scenarios with and without the influence of antiviral drugs and social distancing measures. The tool uses data from the 1918 flu pandemic to simulate the daily spread over a two-month period across an entire state. The simulation demonstrates how specific measures would affect the availability of hospital beds, the percentage of people who contract the flu and number of deaths.
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