Novel epidemiology statistics: lessons from COVID-19
The SARS-Cov-2 pandemic has highlighted the importance of prompt identification of virus outbreaks and optimal control strategies. The EU-funded BERNADETTE project is working on novel statistical methodology for the modelling of infectious diseases like COVID-19. This work is expected to help scientists understand various disease aspects and quantify the effect of non-pharmaceutical interventions. Moreover, it will address the socio-economic impact of different response strategies for human epidemics and support decision-making. The implementation of this model will improve public health policies and preparedness planning in Europe and the rest of the world.