Interview with Samuel Scarpino, assistant professor in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. What impact does the news about fresh vaccines for COVID-19 have on the importance of backward tracing? Samuel Scarpino: With the new vaccines, I think certainly the early signs are a lot more optimistic than most of us ...
Interview with Dr Akira Endo in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Is it still beneficial to look into combining backward with forward contact tracing, as you describe in your recent paper, following the recent developments with COVID vaccines? Akira Endo: It’s very good news about ...
Combining so-called “backward tracing” with traditional forward tracing to help identify source events of COVID-19 outbreaks has been cited as a potential way of better tracking the disease, as seen in some Asian countries. Now that vaccines are emerging on the scene, how can this concept be used for more effective cluster-busting?
Interview with Dr Gwenan Knight, assistant professor at the the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. What was the aim of your initial work on COVID-19 clusters for the studies you brought out in May and June, and how did you go about it? Gwenan Knight: Stepping back pre-COVID, one of the things I’m ...
With many countries around the world beginning to see or anticipating a resurgence of COVID-19, attention has been turning to how to avoid an economically punishing second round of lockdowns while keeping transmission down. One method is by examining the types of hotspots where clusters of cases emerge. During the virus, clusters have already been ...
onAugust 20, 2020
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