Thu, 10 Jun


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An evolutionary ecology modelling team in the COVID-19 pandemic

Keynote by Samuel Alizon ( CNRS researcher at ETE team, Montpellier

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An evolutionary ecology modelling team in the COVID-19 pandemic

Time & Location

10 Jun 2021, 14:00 – 16:00

Zoom webinar

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The  SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has spread over the world rapidly creating one of the largest pandemics ever. The absence of  immunity, presymptomatic transmission, and the relatively high level of  virulence of the COVID-19 infection led to a massive flow of patients in  intensive care units (ICU). This unprecedented situation called for rapid quantitative analyses and robust modelling  projections to best inform the general public, the care staff and the  public health policymakers, in a context of lack of data and hindsight.

Il  will present several aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 infection, spreading, and evolution tackled by the ETE modelling team  using an array of methodologies from statistical modelling,  phylodynamics, and mathematical epidemiology. The topics addressed  revolve around the early inference of key epidemiological parameters (reproduction numbers, wave initiation date, lockdown efficiencies), the  optimization of non-pharmaceutical control strategies, the  epidemiological implications of spatial and transmission heterogeneity,  how to anticipate short, medium-term dynamics, not forgetting perspectives related to vaccine rollout and variants.

If time permits, I will try to give some more personnal feedback about evolutionary ecologists venturing into public health in a time of crisis.

ETE team website and twitter

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