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Explore COVID-19 transmission using networks

Interactive simulation of how a virus spreads and its effects on the economy.


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.

Watch the video below to learn how to use the simulation.

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.

COVID-19 learning resource on the LabXchange platform

The ‘COVID-19 transmission and economic networks pathway’ is a learning experience assembled like a storyline, which users can go through at their own pace.

It consists of slideline figures, text, and items of assessment with immediate feedback which illustrate the economic concepts related to virus transmission and the network model we use.

The pathway is available on LabXchange, Harvard’s online learning platform