In this interactive simulation, you can see how a virus spreads across a population over time, and its associated effects on the economy and income inequality. You can change factors that affect the spread of the virus, including the population size and probability of infection, and compare the outcomes under two different scenarios: no virus mitigation measures, and social distancing.
You can watch the video below which explains how to use this interactive simulation.
To find out more about the economic concepts related to virus transmission and the model we use, visit our COVID-19 pathway on the online learning platform LabXchange.
LabXchange is Harvard’s online community for educators, learners, and researchers to collaborate on educational content. CORE has partnered with LabXchange to be the first provider of economics content and has published the COVID-19 pathway, which presents the model underlying the COVID-19 transmission simulation in greater detail.
A pathway is a learning experience assembled like a storyline, consisting of different elements – for example, text with slideline figures and questions with immediate feedback. We suggest the order in which these elements should be presented to students, however, teachers have the flexibility to select some, and incorporate them to other material they are already using on LabXchange.