"The pandemic playbook: A physicist's take" by Francesco Sannino

Mee, R. (Participant)

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The COVID-19 pandemic is raging across the world with an immense toll in terms of human lives and devastating economic impact. We use powerful theoretical physics methods to unveil the pandemic dynamics and timing. As a result we show projections for the European second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The temporal playbook of the pandemic can be used by governments, financial markets, the industries and individual citizens, to efficiently time, prepare and implement local and global measures. We will show how to mine mobility data released by Google and Apple to investigate the effects of social distancing on the spreading dynamics of COVID-19 in Europe. We identify and quantify different degrees of social distancing and characterise their imprint on the first wave of the pandemic.

The analysis allows us to classify countries according to their level of mobility. Our framework and results are functional to a quantitative understanding of future pandemics, which are expected to become a recurrent threat to our society.

Professor, Ph.D. Francesco Sannino is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology (CP³-Origins) at SDU. He is also one of the Founders of DIAS. At the age of 27, professor Francesco Sannino earned two PhDs in physics, one from Syracuse University in the United States, and the other from the University Federico II in Naples Italy where he also previously earned the Laurea degree.
Period26. Aug 2020
Event typeSeminar
LocationOdense, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionNational