Spatial-temporal modeling of spread of infectious diseases in school and care facilities


The overall goal of this study is to better understand risks associated with spread of infectious diseases in schools and care facilities

Project information

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Funded by

Academy of Finland - Academy Project

Funding amount

499 807 EUR

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

Project description

In selected case studies, we propose to analyze possible spread of viruses both in the spatial (within buildings) and temporal (6-12 months) dimensions. Spatial models will be constructed using three-dimensional building information modelling (3D BIM). Air flows will be modeled using finite element method (FEM). Occupancy patterns will be approximated using information collected from the school or care facilities and/or by mobile contact tracing application. We hypothesize that such spatial-temporal model can estimate risk of infectious diseases spreading in schools and care facilities, also allowing for estimation of the dominant mechanism(s), whether person to person, surface or airborne transmission and/or a combination of these.