Pandemic Modelling and Simulation - Introduction to the Special Theme
by Salvatore Rinzivillo (ISTI-CNR), Joakim Sundnes (SIMULA) and Karin Rainer (AGES)
The epidemic emergency created by the rapid spread of SARS-Cov-2 drew attention to the methods and models that allow us to understand, predict and control the diffusion of infectious diseases. A thorough knowledge of the diffusion dynamics of viruses can help us conduct effective tracking of the transmission chain, precisely identify and assess restrictive measures, and promptly counteract local outbreaks. Mathematical models and simulation systems based on these models provide a means of obtaining such an understanding and enable evaluation and comparison of multiple mitigation approaches.