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Moderator: Derrick VanGennep

Blake Elias | NECSI

Economic Benefits of Zero Covid

We have all the tools to eliminate Covid. So why haven't we done it already?

One barrier has been economic concerns. While Zero Covid offers great benefits (returning to normal life) it also comes at a large cost (stringent lockdowns, limited interaction, etc.), including temporary sacrifices to individual freedom. Do the benefits justify all these costs?

In this session, we will present an economic model to address these questions. We will show that despite these concerns, Zero Covid ends up being the cheapest option available -- making it the best strategy both for human health and the economy. In other words, we can't afford not to eradicate Covid.

Olga Buchell and Leila Hedayatifar | NECSI

Strategizing COVID-19 lockdown policies using mobility patterns

We have designed a multi-level quarantine process based on the mobility patterns of individuals before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and the severity of the contagion in the US. By identifying the natural boundaries of social mobility, policymakers can impose travel restrictions that are minimally disruptive to social and economic activity.

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