Math. Model. Nat. Phenom.
Volume 15, 2020
Coronavirus: Scientific insights and societal aspects
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||25 March 2020|
On a quarantine model of coronavirus infection and data analysis
Institut Camille Jordan, UMR 5208 CNRS, University Lyon 1,
2 INRIA Team Dracula, INRIA Lyon La Doua, 69603 Villeurbanne, France.
3 Peoples Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), 6 Miklukho-Maklaya St, Moscow 117198, Russia.
4 Department of Mathematics & Statistics, IIT Kanpur, Kanpur 208016, India.
5 School of Mathematics & Actuarial Science, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK.
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 16 March 2020
Attempts to curb the spread of coronavirus by introducing strict quarantine measures apparently have different effect in different countries: while the number of new cases has reportedly decreased in China and South Korea, it still exhibit significant growth in Italy and other countries across Europe. In this brief note, we endeavour to assess the efficiency of quarantine measures by means of mathematical modelling. Instead of the classical SIR model, we introduce a new model of infection progression under the assumption that all infected individual are isolated after the incubation period in such a way that they cannot infect other people. Disease progression in this model is determined by the basic reproduction number R0 (the number of newly infected individuals during the incubation period), which is different compared to that for the standard SIR model. If R0 > 1, then the number of latently infected individuals exponentially grows. However, if R0 < 1 (e.g. due to quarantine measures and contact restrictions imposed by public authorities), then the number of infected decays exponentially. We then consider the available data on the disease development in different countries to show that there are three possible patterns: growth dynamics, growth-decays dynamics, and patchy dynamics (growth-decay-growth). Analysis of the data in China and Korea shows that the peak of infection (maximum of daily cases) is reached about 10 days after the restricting measures are introduced. During this period of time, the growth rate of the total number of infected was gradually decreasing. However, the growth rate remains exponential in Italy. Arguably, it suggests that the introduced quarantine is not sufficient and stricter measures are needed.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 92D30
Key words: Coronavirus infection / quarantine model / modes of infection development
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