Hackathon Covid-19
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The project

The Covid-19 disease represents one of the greatest challenges in public health in recent years. The disease is spreading at an astonishing pace and we are not equipped to block it's expansion. This project was created in the frame of CodeVsCovid-19, a Hackathon organised between 27 and 30 March 2020. The hackathon aims at providing innovative solutions against the coronavirus.

We created an interactive model to simulate the spread of the covid-19 disease. The aim of the model is to help people understand why quarantine is a very effective measure.
The model consists of a map with moving dots representing people. We start with a healthy population and only some infected individuals. When two dots collide, the disease can be transmitted. After a while, people show symptoms and go to hospital. Older people have a higher priority than others in using the hospital. Depending on their age, they have a certain probability of being cured or dying. If the hospital is full and they cannot be treated by doctors, they have a greater chance of dying.
We can choose parameters for the simulation such as:

Part of the population is made up of doctors. Doctors can freely go to hospitals and visit people in their homes, even when the lockdown is active. They also have a higher protection priority.

Check out the demo video of the model below.
Our code is available in open access here.

Information about coronavirus

On the 11th of March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus COVID-19 as a pandemic making it a priority for health research and protection by the different countries throughout the world.

With our project, we do not intend to provide a comprehensie overview on the current state of this health crisis but you can check out the following information sources for more details:

If you want some more information about coronavirus, a good starting point would be this video from Kurzgesagt (see also below).

If you're looking for prevention measures and help to handle this change in your usual lifestyle, this link of the WHO provides several kind of information.

For up to date data on number of cases, you can visit the Eu Open Data Portal or the website of Our World in Data.

Finally, for the lastest updates on the scientific research regarding to this pandemic, the National Institutes of Health as open a portal gathering the most up do date scientific publications on COVID-19.


About us

We are a group of master students in bioinformatics at the ULB, Brussels. We designed a simplified epidemiological model that simulates the outcome of the Covid19 outbreak under different conditions.

Our code is available in open access here.