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Michigan Engineering Group Creates Model for Layering COVID-19 Defenses

October 5, 2021

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U-M industrial and operations engineering professors and co-leads of the project Seth Guikema and Jim Bagian discuss the creation of a simulation model that analyzes risk reduction actions to defend against COVID-19 as well as seeing how effective those defenses will be. The model analyzes vaccination rates, masks, and and inactivating the virus with UV light. The faculty experts highlight that the simulation model does not predict the future, but rather is a tool to inform individuals & decision-makers “about relative risks and advantages associated with various interventions to reduce risk” depending on the environment, ultimately attempting to minimize harm in the community.

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