Physi­cist Alessandro Vespig­nani of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, who was not involved with the study, called it an inter­esting con­tri­bu­tion to sci­en­tists’ under­standing of social behavior and of how people adapt to learning of an epi­demic. Still, “many ele­ments of realism are still missing in the mod­eling approaches,” Vespig­nani cau­tioned. More studies are needed “to fully under­stand the effects of behav­ioral reac­tions in the spreading of large-​​scale epi­demics,” he said.


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