Epidemic Travel Plans: Nothing to Sneeze At

 

Snakes on a Plane sounded scary enough (and no, I didn’t see it or Contagion). But what’s really frightening is a computer model developed by MIT researchers that predicts which airports will have starring roles in the spread of the next epidemic. New York’s JFK is first, followed by Los Angeles International Airport, and then Honolulu International Airport in third place.

MIT geoscientist Ruben Juanes told NPR “that by refining this type of model, one can make real-time forecasts of geographic spreading for specific outbreaks based on realistic air traffic, travel patterns, and individual-mobility behavior.” For the complete article, and accompanying video and graphics, click here.

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