Effects of reactive social distancing on the 1918 influenza pandemic

  title={Effects of reactive social distancing on the 1918 influenza pandemic},
  author={Duo Yu and Qianying Lin and Alice P. Y. Chiu and Daihai He},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
The 1918 influenza pandemic was characterized by multiple epidemic waves. We investigated reactive social distancing, a form of behavioral response where individuals avoid potentially infectious contacts in response to available information on an ongoing epidemic or pandemic. We modelled its effects on the three influenza waves in the United Kingdom. In previous studies, human behavioral response was modelled by a Power function of the proportion of recent influenza mortality in a population… 

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