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.

rsmith43@uottawa.ca

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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