107.1 Saturday, Jan. 7 Disease transmission: insights from fluid dynamics BOUROUIBA, Lydia; Massachusetts Institute of Technology firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the infiltration of a pathogen in a population of susceptible hosts, the nature of the “contact” between infected and non-infected members of the population becomes critical in shaping the outcome of the epidemics. This is true whether one considers a human, an animal, or a vegetal population; nevertheless, the mechanisms leading to contact and prescribing the spread of common infectious diseases remain poorly understood. Here, we discuss how a combination of theoretical and experimental biofluid dynamics approaches can help shed light on the dynamics of contact. Particular attention is given to respiratory and foliar diseases.