The reproductive potential of pathogens is linked inextricably to the host social behavior required for transmission. We propose that future work should consider contact periodicity in models of disease dynamics, and suggest the possibility that disease control strategies may be designed to optimize against the effects of synchronization.
The reachability of contagion in temporal contact networks: how disease latency can exploit the rhythm of human behavior
Ewan ColmanEmail author, Kristen Spies and Shweta Bansal
BMC Infectious Diseases201818:219