Surviving the next pandemic
Speaker: Dr Deirdre Hollingsworthhttp://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/whats-on/categories/talk/surviving-the-next-pandemic
8pm, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, UK
Edinburgh International Science Festival
Sponsored by: International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh
How would you control the outbreak of a deadly infectious disease? What would you prioritise – developing a vaccine; isolating the sick; closing borders?
In this interactive event using reports from the 2003 SARS outbreak and swine flu pandemic of 2009, Déirdre Hollingsworth, an epidemiologist from Warwick University, explains how mathematics recommends that not everyone needs to be vaccinated and why being popular might be detrimental to your health!