Model Inspired by Search for Extraterrestrial Life Calculates Risk of COVID-19 Transmission

MARISSA LANTERMAN / JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

IDIES Associate Director, Charles Meneveau and member, Rajat Mittal are co-authors of a study that seeks to make sense of the many variables, including environmental ones, that can affect transmissibility of COVID-19.

In a paper published in the Physics of Fluids, the researchers present a mathematical model to estimate the risk of airborne transmission of COVID-19. Insights from this new model could help assess how well preventive efforts, like mask wearing and social distancing, are protecting us in different transmission scenarios.

“THE CAT INEQUALITY IS PARTICULARLY USEFUL BECAUSE IT TRANSLATES THE COMPLEX FLUID DYNAMICAL TRANSPORT PROCESS INTO A STRING OF SIMPLE TERMS THAT IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND. AS WE’VE SEEN, COMMUNICATING SCIENCE CLEARLY IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CRISES LIKE THE ONE WE ARE FACING NOW.”

Charles Meneveau

To read the complete article featuring this study, visit the JHU HUB.

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