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.

Contact Patterns


John Edmunds, Ken Eames, Sebastian Funk, Charlotte Jackson, Richard White


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