By merging genomics with classical epidemiology, researchers are able to predict new disease outbreaks based on which viral variants are on the rise.
Epidemiological data suggests that 80% of COVID-19 cases can be traced to just 20% of those infected with SARS-CoV-2.
Getting the control measures right is critical.
R is still useful for public health, but it should not be the only metric we use to understand virus transmission.
The latest Doherty Institute modelling also indicates the spectre of 'unidentified community transmission' is very unlikely indeed.
I'm here to say: make sure you read beyond the headlines.
An audio version of an in depth article on why mathematical modelling is crucial to understanding pandemics like the new coronavirus.
Epidemiologists want to quickly identify any emerging disease's potential to spread far and wide. Dependent on a number of factors, this R0 number helps them figure that out and plan accordingly.
Some of the world's worst diseases have come from animals. Bats, cows, camels and horses have all contributed. Now, scientists are working to know which animal introduced the new coronavirus.