Specialist addresses importance of testing to control COVID-19

Based on a mathematical model, Maria Soledad Aronna will explore how the testing rate has a direct effect on the disease’s basic reproduction number. In particular, she will show how testing can prevent the infection curve from growing
Mathematics
23 June 2020
Specialist addresses importance of testing to control COVID-19

On June 25, Fundação Getulio Vargas’ School of Applied Mathematics (FGV EMAp) will hold an online talk called “The Importance of Testing in Controlling COVID-19.” The topic will be presented by the school’s undergraduate course coordinator, Professor Maria Soledad Aronna. The event will be broadcast online, starting at 2 pm.

Based on a mathematical model, she will explore how the testing rate has a direct effect on the disease’s basic reproduction number. In particular, she will show how testing can prevent the infection curve from growing.

The model that Aronna will present also takes into account social distancing and quarantine for confirmed cases. Her work, carried out in collaboration with FGV EMAp’s Roberto Guglielmi and Lucas Moschen, also shows how the social distancing rate and speed with which lockdown measures were implemented also influence the epidemic.

Maria Soledad Aronna has a doctorate in applied mathematics from École Polytechnique in France. She has experience in optimal control (involving classical and impulsive ordinary differential equations, and partial differential equations) and in mathematical epidemiology, more precisely, modeling and analysis of problems related to vector diseases present in Brazil.

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