*Using Mathematics to Forecast the Spread of Infectious Diseases
UCLA mathematician and physicist Mason A. Porter
and his colleagues authored an expository article for teenagers and preteens to introduce them to mathematical modeling of epidemics and to discuss its applications to COVID-19.
The article explains how the results of analyzing mathematical models can influence government policies and human behavior, such as by encouraging mask wearing and physical distancing to help slow the spread of a disease.
"The current COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the importance of the mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. Mathematical and computational approaches allow people to make progress toward reducing the spread of a disease while researchers develop vaccines and treatments. They also help efforts to design interventions and vaccination programs." is one of the important points that is mentioned in the article.
* The text clarifies that it is an expository article for teenagers and preteens - sincere apologies for the mistake.