An Agent-based Model about the Effects of Fake News on a Norovirus Outbreak

“Using agent-based models, [the authors] considered the effects of misinformation on a norovirus outbreak, and some methods for countering the possible impacts of “good” and “bad” health advice. The work explicitly models spread of physical disease and information (both online and offline) as two separate but interacting processes.”

They found that reducing bad advice to 30% of total information or making at least 30% of people resistant to accepting and forwarding on bad health advice were effective ways to counteract the negative impacts of bad advice during a norovirus outbreak.

Last modified: June 6, 2021

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