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An SIS infection model incorporating media coverage. (English) Zbl 1170.92024
Summary: We develop a model to explore the impact of media coverage on the control of spreading of emerging or reemerging infectious diseases in a given population. The model can have up to two equilibria: a disease free equilibrium and a unique endemic equilibrium. Stability analysis of the model shows that the disease free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable if the reproduction number \(\mathbb R_0\) is less than unity, and the endemic equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable when it exists. Though the media coverage itself is not a determined fact to eradicate the infection of the diseases, the analysis of the model indicates that, to a certain extent, the more media coverage in a given population, the less number of individuals will be infected. Therefore, media coverage is critical for educating people in understanding the possibility of being infected by the disease.

92D30 Epidemiology
34D23 Global stability of solutions to ordinary differential equations
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