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New Theory for Increasingly Tangled Banks
Issues in Science and Technology ; 38(4):39-44, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1958458
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Decades before the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated how rapidly infectious diseases could emerge and spread, the world faced the AIDS epidemic. Initial efforts to halt the contagion were slow as researchers focused on understanding the epidemiology of the virus. It was only by integrating epidemiological theory with behavioral theory that successful interventions began to control the spread of HIV. As the current pandemic persists, it is clear that similar applications of interdisciplinary theory are needed to inform decisions, interventions, and policy. Continued infections and the emergence of new variants are the result of complex interactions among evolution, human behavior, and shifting policies across space and over time. Due to this complexity, predictions about the pandemic based on data and statistical models alone--in the absence of any broader conceptual framework--have proven inadequate. Classical epidemiological theory has helped, but alone it has also led to limited success in anticipating surges in COVID-19 infections. Integrating evolutionary theory with data and other theories has revealed more about how and under what conditions new variants arise, improving such predictions.
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Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: ProQuest Central Type of study: Prognostic study / Risk factors Topics: Variants Language: English Journal: Issues in Science and Technology Year: 2022 Document Type: Article

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Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: ProQuest Central Type of study: Prognostic study / Risk factors Topics: Variants Language: English Journal: Issues in Science and Technology Year: 2022 Document Type: Article