New England researchers help shape the fight on Ebola
Boston Globe - 11/03/2014
Northeastern University researchers use computers to simulate 20 million virtual Ebola outbreaks each week. Yale scientists are building three models that project the spread of the deadly disease. And a team at Boston Children’s Hospital is combing through data to gauge whether medical interventions are working.
These researchers may not be on West Africa’s front lines against Ebola, but they are close behind, an army of data scientists and epidemiologists often toiling around the clock to stop the disease.
Together they are providing a constant stream of evidence that is beginning to reveal the weak spots of the epidemic. For example, scientists’ models are beginning to identify basic patterns of who is being infected and when and how Ebola is being spread, which could help identify the most meaningful ways to intervene.