Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02469-6_19
Title: A preliminary study on the effects of fear factors in disease propagation
Authors: Wang, Y.
Hu, J.
Xiao, G.
Wong, L. 
Ma, S.
Cheng, T.H.
Keywords: Average outbreak size
Complex networks
Epidemic threshold
Fear factor
Prevalence size
Scale-free networks
Issue Date: 2009
Source: Wang, Y.,Hu, J.,Xiao, G.,Wong, L.,Ma, S.,Cheng, T.H. (2009). A preliminary study on the effects of fear factors in disease propagation. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 5 LNICST (PART 2) : 1387-1397. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02469-6_19
Abstract: Upon an outbreak of a dangerous infectious disease, people generally tend to reduce their contacts with others in fear of getting infected. Such typical actions apparently help to reduce the outbreak size. Thanks to today's broad media coverage, the fear factor may also contribute to preventing an outbreak from happening at all. We are motivated to conduct a careful study on modeling and evaluating such effects with a complex network approach. As a first step of this study, we consider the relatively simple case where involved individuals randomly remove a certain fraction of links between them. Analytical and simulation results show that such an action cannot effectively prevent an epidemic outbreak from happening. However, it may significantly reduce the fraction of all the people ever getting infected when an outbreak does happen. © 2009 ICST Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering.
Source Title: Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/77975
ISBN: 3642024688
ISSN: 18678211
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-02469-6_19
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