Jacob Kelter

Agent-based model of virus spread

March 16, 2020

We are in the midst of a world-wide Coronavirus pandemic. There has been a lot of talk of "social distancing" and "flattening the curve." I adapted some previously existing models of virus/infection spread to better understand the situation myself and I thought others might find it helpful. This is a model of how a virus or infection spreads through a population and how that spread can be slowed through physically distancing (what is often being called "social" distancing). You can play with the model below. For explanation of how the model works, see this video.