Nichols, Roger; Gao, Lan; Weerasena, Lakmali
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
COVID-19, since its discovery in 2019, has posed a major health problem in the world. It is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and transmitted via infected respiratory droplets and contaminated surfaces. There is an urgent need to understand the transmission characteristics of the virus in response to social interventions. This is important to evaluate the overall impact of such programs in the management of the disease. We seek to develop a mathematical model that characterizes the transmission dynamics of COVID-19. The model analyzes the impact of preventive practices on the spread of SARS-CoV-2 by incorporating human behavior in modeling disease prevalence depending on contact rates for direct and indirect transmissions and infectious host shedding. The model is also applied to reported data from Wuhan and the state of Tennessee. Our results imply that applying strategically created awareness programs to a geological setting can eradicate COVID-19.
I would like to express my profound gratitude to the Department of Mathematics for their support throughout the entire program. I am also very grateful to my supervisor, professor Jin Wang and my committee members for their immense support and valuable suggestions throughout the research process.
M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.
COVID-19 (Disease)--Epidemiology; COVID-19 (Disease)--Prevention; Mathematical models
vii, 43 leaves
Korsah, Maame, "Assessment of the impact of awareness programs on the transmission dynamics of COVID-19" (2021). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.