Preventing Outbreaks through Interactive, Experiential Real-Life Simulations
Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology; Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems
Bioinformatics | Computer Sciences | Epidemiology | Health Information Technology | Immunology and Infectious Disease | Infectious Disease | Medical Education | Pathogenic Microbiology | Public Health Education and Promotion | Virus Diseases
Operation Outbreak (OO) is a Bluetooth-based simulation platform that teaches students how pathogens spread and the impact of interventions, thereby facilitating the safe reopening of schools. OO also generates data to inform epidemiological models and prevent future outbreaks. Before SARS-CoV-2 was reported, we repeatedly simulated a virus with similar features, correctly predicting many human behaviors later observed during the pandemic.
pathogens, viruses, outbreaks, pandemic response, Operation Outbreak, simulation, education, epidemiological models, prediction, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19
DOI of Published Version
Colubri A, Kemball M, Sani K, Boehm C, Mutch-Jones K, Fry B, Brown T, Sabeti PC. Preventing Outbreaks through Interactive, Experiential Real-Life Simulations. Cell. 2020 Sep 17;182(6):1366-1371. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.08.042. Epub 2020 Sep 2. PMID: 32905783. Link to article on publisher's site
Colubri A, Kemball M, Sani K, Boehm C, Mutch-Jones K, Fry B, Brown T, Sabeti PC. (2020). Preventing Outbreaks through Interactive, Experiential Real-Life Simulations. COVID-19 Publications by UMMS Authors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2020.08.042. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/covid19/112