volume 3, issue 12, Pe3955 2008
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0003955
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Abstract: BackgroundIn classical mathematical epidemiology, individuals do not adapt their contact behavior during epidemics. They do not endogenously engage, for example, in social distancing based on fear. Yet, adaptive behavior is well-documented in true epidemics. We explore the effect of including such behavior in models of epidemic dynamics.Methodology/Principal FindingsUsing both nonlinear dynamical systems and agent-based computation, we model two interacting contagion processes: one of disease and one of fear o…

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