Model-based investigation of school closures and other measures to contain Covid-19

Project content and objectives

The overarching goal of the network is to investigate the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) on the infection dynamics of SARS-CoV-2, with an initial focus on school closures.

Specific, model-based options for action are formulated for these measures and combinations of measures to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The project also aims to gain a better understanding of infection chains and spread dynamics within urban areas and in a regional and national context.

Project structure

MODUS is divided into two sub-projects.

Subproject 1 – TU Berlin

The aim of the subproject is to extend the mesoscopic traffic simulation to simulate infection dynamics, to test and process the mobile radio-based movement patterns provided by subcontract and to integrate NPIs and new variants of concern (VOCs) into the agent-based model.

Sub-project 2 – Zuse Institute (ZIB)

The sub-project comprises the expansion of the simulation methodology to include further infection models, the identification of important model parameters on the basis of empirical data and the transfer of the parameterizations into the models. This sub-project also involves the provision of a high-performance computing infrastructure for calculating infection dynamics.

Project managers and partners

  • TP 1: Prof. Dr. Kai Nagel (Network Coordination) – TU Berlin
  • SP 2: Prof. Dr. Tim Conrad (partner) – ZIB