Math to the rescue! Fourteen mathematicians and biostatisticians have joined forces to help businesses reopen safely.
The group created a set of mathematical models tracing both business profits and infection risk of COVID-19 under varying scenarios. The results, published in Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, are useful: Businesses can operate successfully while preventing outbreaks—but only by following broad safety measures.
- Social distancing
- Robust sanitation of high-touch and shared spaces
- Accessible COVID-19 tests for symptomatic or exposed workers (necessary to confirm cases)
- A policy for case reporting and quarantine
- A work-from-home policy for as many employees as is feasible
- Mask, glove, and goggle wearing when not alone, along with frequent handwashing
- Fever scanning (they suggest a Kinsa smart thermometer)
- 30% lower working hours to lower exposure
- Quality ventilation equipment (UV purification system, new system)