Contact patterns and networks
Patterns of mixing within a population are vitally important for understanding and predicting disease spread. Within the CMMID there is a wealth of experience in designing, carrying out, and analysing studies to quantify social mixing patterns. These include detailed studies of social networks; large-scale studies in South East Asia and Africa; studies of the impact of illness and school closure on contact patterns; testing new methodologies including interview-led data collection and electronic recording of proximity. This research feeds directly into the modelling work of the CMMID, providing key information to guide intervention policy.
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