Thursday, February 14, 2013

Proximity patterns

Here's a neat idea:

To investigate transmission pathways, European researchers of the SocioPatterns collaboration fitted 119 people in a ward of the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital with radio-frequency identification (RFID) badges. The tags registered face-to-face interactions—and the potential spreading of airborne pathogens.

The original 2011 research paper is here: Close Encounters in a Pediatric Ward: Measuring Face-to-Face Proximity and Mixing Patterns with Wearable Sensors

When Scientific American reported on this research they included a series of striking diagrams that may, or may not, help interpret the results!

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