Epidemics Explained

How can we help local policy makers use math to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases?

Key Content
algebra, exponential growth/decay, disease spread/decline; complex communication
A woman wearing a mask and getting her temperature checked

Students learn about zoonotic spillover events (when diseases mutate and jump from animals to humans) and how such events lead to epidemics and pandemics. Using their understanding of exponential growth and decay, students produce an informational video to inform local policy makers about how to use mathematical modeling to make predictions about the spread of infectious diseases, and informed decisions about prevention and mitigation efforts.