- Marco Ajelli - Bruno Kessler Foundation
- June 14, 2013 - 5:28 a.m.
Synthetic contact matrices by 1-year age brackets for 26 European countries, namely Austria, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Cyprus.
Country-specific total and setting-specific (namely, households, schools, workplaces and general community) matrices of adequate contacts by age are provided in the manuscript Fumanelli et al, Inferring the Structure of Social Contacts from Demographic Data in the Analysis of Infectious Diseases Spread. PLoS Comput Biol 8(9): e1002673, 2012.
For instance, the country-specific total matrices of adequate contacts by age, obtained by aggregating contacts in households, schools, workplaces and general community, can be directly employed in transmission models. They represent frequencies of contacts by age and the average numb er of contacts by age can be obtained by multiplying the matrices by a certain, unknown scale factor that we assume to be embedded in the transmission rate. Therefore, when multiplied by the vectors representing the fractions of infectives by age, they provide the average number of infective contacts by age, as required by the classic theory of age-structured SEIR models.
- Fumanelli L, Ajelli M, Manfredi P, Vespignani A, Merler S (2012) Inferring the Structure of Social Contacts from Demographic Data in the Analysis of Infectious Diseases Spread. PLoS Comput Biol 8(9): e1002673.
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