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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

New model helps determine who should get a COVID-19 vaccine first

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Researchers have developed a new model to help authorities determine which sector of the population should get COVID-19 vaccination first.

If a vaccine becomes available in January 2021 or shortly after, it should be given to people 60 years old and older first, since they have the highest death rate from COVID-19. According to the model, if the vaccine becomes available in the summer of 2021, the priority group changes.

Read the full press release.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Large class sizes during the coronavirus pandemic are a triple whammy

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Mathematical models can help figure out class sizes and configurations to minimize disruptions and school closures.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Chris Bauch receives funding through the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund

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The Ontario government contributed $148,000 for Chris Bauch’s research project, “How to Re-open Ontario's Economy Without Causing a Resurgence of COVID-19”.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Professor is New Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society President

Marek Statsna

University of Waterloo’s Department of Applied Mathematics professor Marek Stastna will serve as President of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS).

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Considering local conditions is the safest and fastest way to reopen Canada’s economy

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A new study has found that allowing cities and counties to open and close independently based on standardized guidelines is the quickest and safest way of restoring the Canadian economy. 

The study found that opening workplaces and schools on a county-by-county basis when the county falls below 4.5 active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 would result in 38 per cent fewer person-days of closure.