Computers fight the flue

Friday, 5 June 2009

Anti-viral drugs are only one weapon in the fight against pandemics such as ‘swine flu' (H1N1).Another key to helping policy makers such as public health authorities decide how best to respond is data produced by computer modelling. And that modelling has shown that social distancing is the only guaranteed defence against a new strain of influenza in the early stages of a pandemic.