Modelling COVID-19 transmission in supermarkets using an agent-based model

  title={Modelling COVID-19 transmission in supermarkets using an agent-based model},
  author={Fabian Ying and Neave O’Clery},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early March 2020, supermarkets around the world have implemented different policies to reduce the virus transmission in stores to protect both customers and staff, such as restricting the maximum number of customers in a store, changes to the store layout, or enforcing a mandatory face covering policy. To quantitatively assess these mitigation methods, we formulate an agent-based model of customer movement in a supermarket (which we represent by a network) with… 

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