Dynamics and Control of Covid-19: Comments by Two Mathematicians

Bernhelm Booss-Bavnbek, Klaus Krickeberg

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We are asking: why are the dynamics and control of Covid-19 most interesting for mathematicians and why are mathematicians urgently needed for controlling the pandemic?
First we present our comments in a Bottom-up approach, i.e., following the events from their beginning as they evolved through time. They happened differently in different countries, and the main objective of the first part is to compare these evolutions in a few selected countries with each other.
The second part of the article is not "country-oriented" but "problem-oriented". From a given problem we go Top-down to its solutions and their applications in concrete situations. We have organized this part by the mathematical methods that play a role in their solution. We give an overview of the main branches of mathematics that play a role and sketch the most frequent applications, emphasising mathematical pattern analysis in laboratory work and statistical-mathematical models in judging the quality of tests; demographic methods in the collection of data; different ways to model the evolution of the pandemic mathematically; and clinical epidemiology in attempts to develop a vaccine.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEMS Newsletter
Issue number117
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

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