Our first event is a presentation and discussion with Dr. Luca Ferretti, the lead author of a seminal study published in Science demonstrating the potential effectiveness of digital contact tracing mobile apps. He will be presenting his latest research on the transmission dynamics of COVID-19.
Topic: The timing of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and viral load dynamics
Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
Time: 9 AM PST / 12 PM EST
Registration: Register for this free webinar here
Description: Understanding the timing of COVID-19 transmission is key to assess the risk of transmission in the context of both manual and digital contact tracing. Dr. Ferretti will present a detailed analysis of the risk of transmission at different times post infections, integrating data from multiple contact tracing studies. The peak of transmission is closely linked to the onset of symptoms, but the profile of pre-symptomatic infectiousness depends on the length of the incubation period. The infectiousness profile is also strongly dependent on the viral load dynamics during infections. He will present a combined model of individual viral load and infectiousness, informed by multiple datasets, with the aim to elucidate the relation between these two key aspects of SARS-CoV-2 infections.
About the Presenter: Dr. Luca Ferretti is a Senior Researcher in Pathogen Dynamics at the Big Data Institute, University of Oxford. His research focuses on the interplay of epidemiology, genetics, evolution and within-host dynamics in HIV and other viral pathogens such as FMDV, ASF and SARS-CoV-2. He is a member of the task-force against COVID-19 of the Italian Ministry of Innovation and the Test & Trace program in the UK, and has actively supported the development of contact-tracing apps in Italy, England and Wales.
In an effort to boost the country’s economy and comfortably welcome tourists back to the island, the Ministry of Health in Bermuda released the WeHealth Bermuda app to serve as an additional strategy to help fight the spread of COVID-19. With a population of more than 60,000 residents, Bermuda typically sees hundreds of thousands of tourists each year and the WeHealth Bermuda app will expand the government’s ability to trace potential exposures and expedite efforts to slow the spread.