Need an expert? COVID-19: are data and modeling akin to a crystal ball?

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2020

Data on a computer screen

Members of the media may directly contact the following expert:

Robert Smith? (English only)

Associate professor, Faculty of Science. Professor Smith? makes mathematical models of infectious diseases at uOttawa.

Premier Ford said he would share 'all the data he has' tomorrow. Prime Minister Trudeau said he will be meeting with premiers tonight to discuss data sharing and continued coordination.

  • Should governments should share their projections data as some have done, or could they be misunderstood and create additional stress in the community?
  • What are the pros and cons of sharing hem?
  • Are they a crystal ball foreshadowing the future?
  • How accurate can they be?
  • How are they made?
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