On the airplane, in the middle of cold and flu season, your seatmate is spewing, despite the clutch of tissues in their lap. Your proximity to an infectious person probably leaves you daydreaming (or is it a nightmare?) of pandemics and estimating how likely it is that this seatmate’s viral or bacterial effusions will circulate throughout the plane and infect everyone on board.

Luckily for you, a collaborative research team led by Florida State University also started analyzing this scenario. By using big data modeling, the group took a careful look at boarding procedures and what might work… more


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