Leah Shaw
Epidemic Spread and Control in Adaptive Social Networks

Many infectious diseases spread along a network of person-to-person social contacts. We consider the case of adaptive social networks, in which the network structure changes adaptively as people adjust their social contacts to avoid exposure, and the changes in network geometry affect subsequent spreading dynamics. Effects of adaptation on the system dynamics and network structure are discussed. We also consider the effect of vaccine control in adaptive social networks. We find that vaccination and adaptation work together to reduce the epidemic lifetime by orders of magnitude compared to epidemics in static networks.

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