Laura M. Glass

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Targeted social distancing to mitigate pandemic influenza can be designed through simulation of influenza's spread within local community social contact networks. We demonstrate this design for a stylized community representative of a small town in the United States. The critical importance of children and teenagers in transmission of influenza is first(More)
BACKGROUND The US government proposes pandemic influenza mitigation guidance that includes isolation and antiviral treatment of ill persons, voluntary household member quarantine and antiviral prophylaxis, social distancing of individuals, school closure, reduction of contacts at work, and prioritized vaccination. Is this the best strategy combination? Is(More)
BACKGROUND Influenza is a viral infection that primarily spreads via fluid droplets from an infected person's coughs and sneezes to others nearby. Social contact networks and the way people interact within them are thus important to its spread. We developed a method to characterize the social contact network for the potential transmission of influenza and(More)
Example: BTW sand-pile on varied topology To generalize the BTW sand-pile and apply it to arbitrary network topologies, let us consider grains of sand to represent units of “energy”, E, and specify a constant threshold value across all sites, Ec, at which a site changes state and distributes one unit of E to each of its neighboring sites. Let us also choose(More)
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