Thursday, December 24, 2009

The weekend: It's a good thing!

A new study in BMC Infectious Diseases uses data from eight European countries to model transmission dynamics of an infectious disease spread by close contact in schools. The key finding: the basic reproductive number (the number of secondary cases transmitted by a primary case in a fully susceptible population) falls about 20% on weekends when compared to weekdays.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if European kids spend as much of their weekend "hanging out" at the mall as do kids in the U.S.; and how is that factored in to the social contact models?