Math Modelling Versus Machine Learning for COVID-19

Which models drive decision-making and policy?

Col Jung
The Startup
Published in
16 min readDec 17, 2020

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Lawrence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston in Contagion, a film describing the outbreak of a virus MEV-1. Image source: Vanity Fair.

When COVID-19 swept the world in early 2020, researchers swarmed in with their modelling expertise to forecast epidemic spread and derive optimum interventions. Here’s a high-level view of the whole party.

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