UGA alumnae model impacts of COVID-19 interventions

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UGA alumna Erin Mordecai, BS ’07, now an assistant professor of biology at Stanford University, led the development of an interactive website that models the spread of COVID-19 over time with different non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as social distancing and quarantine.

Also part of the team that developed the model was Mallory Harris, BS ’18, who conducted Honors research with Prof. John Drake and is now pursuing her doctorate in biology with Mordecai at Stanford.

In a Q&A posted on the Stanford News website, Mordecai discussed different social distancing strategies, how long we may need to maintain them and the risk of a disease resurgence if precautions are lifted too early.

Read more: Stanford-developed interactive model explores how different interventions affect COVID-19’s spread

Mordecai, whose undergraduate degree was in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies in Mathematical Biology, conducted research under the direction of Prof. Emeritus H. Ronald Pulliam. Harris, with dual degrees in Mathematics and Spanish, was a Foundation Fellow and Ramsey Scholar and the recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship while at UGA.