# The Model

Model Description

#### The model presented here is a death-based model  where represents the number of people who are susceptible to the virus, represents the number of people who are currently infected with the virus, and represents the number of people who are resistant to the virus.  Prior to the introduction of the virus into a population the number of susceptible people in the population is equal to the number of people in the population, , while and are equal to zero.  Once the virus is introduced into the population, , and are governed by the following three differential equations:

(1) (2) (3) #### Graphs vs. time are shown for the following for each location listed in Data / Projections:

• Cumulative Confirmed Cases [6, 7]
• Daily Confirmed Cases
• Cumulative Deaths [4, 5]
• Daily Deaths
• Current Infections • Effective Transmission Ratio ( )
• Fraction of Population Infected and Constant Infections Transmission Ratio ( )
• Probability of Covid-19 Contact
• Mortality and Undercount
• Current Hospitalizations (US only) 
• Fraction of Total Population Vaccinated (US only) 
• Fraction of Positive Tests (US only) 

#### The fraction of the population infected is the fraction of the population that has contracted the virus as function of time and is represented by the equation . From and we also calculate the effective transmission ratio that results in a constant in the number of new daily infections. The ‘no change’ transmission ratio is the constant infections transmission ratio.  We get , the constant infections transmission ratio, by setting equal to zero:

(4) #### The constant infections transmission ratio is presented versus time and is based on how much of the population is currently susceptible.  In the model presented here, reinfection is not allowed.  Once a member of the population has the virus or dies from the virus that person is no longer counted as part of the susceptible population ( ). Given this assumption, tells us how aggressively the population in a given location must project themselves (e.g. hygiene, physical distancing, masks) to control the spread of infection. Since the fraction of the population infected and the constant infections transmission ratio are both based on and they are presented on a single graph.

Knowing and we calculate the probability that any person who interacts with others in a given population will encounter 1 or more people infected with the virus. The probability of Covid-19 contact is given by the equation :

(5) where is the number of people that person interacts.

Above, mortality is shorthand for mortality rate. In the model presented here the mortality rate is 0.006 (assumption) outside of the US and variable with time and place inside of the US as described in detail in Local Mortality Rates.

Undercount is the ratio of new infections (daily deaths divided and mortality) to the number of daily confirmed cases.  For comparison with new infections, the daily confirmed cases are necessarily shifted back in time by the estimated time period between the onset of the infection and the reported date of the confirmed case (assumption:  10 days).  The undercount is a contrived measure of undertesting.

The fraction of positive tests is the ratio of positive live virus tests to total live virus tests .

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