## COVID-19 Optimal Control Response

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This model is a simplification and neglects mortality and birth rates. There is also an opportunity to update the model with data sources such as search engine queries to improve early identification of regional outbreaks. Outbreak data on cruise ships give a controlled study to better assess under-reported cases. The model also neglects the variable fraction of infected patients that will need healthcare services. This fraction depends on how well vulnerable populations such as the elderly or immuno-compromised patients are protected.

Jeff Kantor's simulation model shows the effect of social distancing (*u=0 (none), u=1 (total isolation)*) and other ways to alter the outcome. A starting simulation model in Python Gekko predicts the response with a single social distancing factor (*u==0*) for 200 days for a population of 100,000.

This model is a simplification and neglects mortality and birth rates. There is also an opportunity to update the model with data sources such as search engine queries to improve early identification of regional outbreaks. Outbreak data on cruise ships give a controlled study to better assess under-reported cases. The model also neglects the variable fraction of infected patients that will need healthcare services. This fraction depends on how well vulnerable populations such as the elderly or immuno-compromised patients are protected. See COVID-19 SEIR Modeling for a simulation of infectious disease spread. Jeff Kantor's simulation model also shows the effect of social distancing (*u=0 (none), u=1 (total isolation)*) and other ways to alter the outcome. A starting simulation model in Python Gekko predicts the response with a single social distancing factor (*u==0*) for 200 days for a population of 100,000.

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Social distancing lowers the total number of people who are infected to keep hospitals below full capacity and reduces the total cumulative infected.

Social distancing lowers the total number of people who are infected to keep hospitals below full capacity and reduces the total cumulative infected. Social distancing also minimizes the pandemic until a vaccine or effective treatments can be developed.

Social distancing also minimizes the pandemic until a vaccine or effective treatments can be developed.

When a constant social distancing policy is enforced, the outbreak peaks before receding. The constant social distancing also creates undue economic damage. Devise an optimal distancing policy that changes over time to not only flatten the curve but also optimize to available healthcare constraints.

#### Economic Considerations

#### SEIR Compartmental Model

A simulation model shows the effect of social distancing (*u=0 (none), u=1 (total isolation)*) and other ways to alter the outcome. A starting simulation model in Python Gekko predicts the response with a single social distancing factor (*u==0*) for 200 days for a population of 100,000.

Jeff Kantor's simulation model shows the effect of social distancing (*u=0 (none), u=1 (total isolation)*) and other ways to alter the outcome. A starting simulation model in Python Gekko predicts the response with a single social distancing factor (*u==0*) for 200 days for a population of 100,000.

With the rapid spread of the disease COVID-19, epidemiologists have devised a strategy to "flatten the curve" by applying various levels of social distancing. The strategy is to reduce the transmission of the virus SARS-CoV-2 so that the healthcare system is not overburdened.

With the rapid spread of the disease COVID-19, epidemiologists have devised a strategy to "flatten the curve" by applying various levels of social distancing (sd). The strategy is to reduce the transmission of the virus SARS-CoV-2 so that the healthcare system is not overburdened.

- Pan, Jinhua, et al. "Effectiveness of control strategies for Coronavirus Disease 2019: a SEIR dynamic modeling study." medRxiv (2020).
- Peng, Liangrong, et al. "Epidemic analysis of COVID-19 in China by dynamical modeling." arXiv preprint arXiv:2002.06563 (2020). https://arxiv.org/abs/2002.06563

- Pan, Jinhua, et al. Effectiveness of control strategies for Coronavirus Disease 2019: a SEIR dynamic modeling study. medRxiv (2020).
- Peng, Liangrong, et al. Epidemic analysis of COVID-19 in China by dynamical modeling. arXiv preprint arXiv:2002.06563 (2020).

- Kantor, J., Modeling and Control of a Campus COVID-19 Outbreak, 2020, Video: https://youtu.be/057Ev6cKLwE?t=1930

- Kantor, J., Modeling and Control of a Campus COVID-19 Outbreak, 2020, Video Link.

The source code for the solution is shown below. A simulation is used to initialize the optimization problem to determine the best social distancing strategy that is adjusted every two days. While the spread of the disease is longer in duration than with no social distancing, a maximum of only 2% of the population is infective and 3.5% are exposed at any time.

The source code for the solution is shown below. A simulation is used to initialize the optimization problem to determine the best social distancing strategy that is adjusted every two days.

While the spread of the disease is longer in duration than with no social distancing, a maximum of only 2% of the population is infective and 3.5% are exposed at any time.

- Kantor, J., Modeling and Control of a Campus COVID-19 Outbreak, 2020, Video: https://youtu.be/057Ev6cKLwE?t=1930

- Kantor, J., Modeling and Control of a Campus COVID-19 Outbreak, 2020, Video: https://youtu.be/057Ev6cKLwE?t=1930

Social distancing lowers the total number of people who are infected to keep hospitals below full capacity and reduces the total cumulative infected. Social distancing also minimizes the pandemic until a vaccine or effective treatments can be developed. One of the downsides of extended social distancing is economic disruption where businesses fail, unemployment rises, supplies become scare, and assistance is needed to provide for the most vulnerable. Repeated outbreak cycles over multiple years are common when the fraction of susceptible individuals is high. The objective of this study is to not just "flatten the curve" but to optimize social distancing to minimize the outbreak time and keep healthcare services below full capacity.

Social distancing lowers the total number of people who are infected to keep hospitals below full capacity and reduces the total cumulative infected. Social distancing also minimizes the pandemic until a vaccine or effective treatments can be developed.

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One of the downsides of extended social distancing is economic disruption where businesses fail, unemployment rises, supplies become scare, and assistance is needed to provide for the most vulnerable. Repeated outbreak cycles over multiple years are common when the virus mutates and the fraction of susceptible individuals is high. The objective of this exercise is to not just "flatten the curve" but to optimize social distancing to minimize the outbreak time and keep healthcare services below full capacity.

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$$ \text{Susceptible}\rightarrow{(1-u)\frac{\beta s i}} \text{Exposed} \rightarrow{\alpha e} \text{Infectious} \rightarrow{\gamma i} \text{Recovered} $$

$$ \text{Susceptible}\xrightarrow{(1-u)\frac{\beta s i}} \text{Exposed} \xrightarrow{\alpha e} \text{Infectious} \xrightarrow{\gamma i} \text{Recovered} $$

$$ \text{Susceptible}\rightarrow{(1-u)\frac{\beta s i}} \text{Exposed} \rightarrow{\alpha e} \text{Infectious} \rightarrow{\gamma i} \text{Recovered} $$

**Infectious (i):**population fraction that is infected and can infect others**Recovered (r):**population fraction recovered from infection and is immune from further infection

**Infectious (i):**population fraction that is infected and can infect others

**Recovered (r):**population fraction recovered from infection and is immune from further infection

{$ \text{Susceptible} \xrightarrow{(1-u)\frac{\beta s i}} \text{Exposed} \xrightarrow{\alpha e} \text{Infectious} \xrightarrow{\gamma i} \text{Recovered} $}

$$ \text{Susceptible}\xrightarrow{(1-u)\frac{\beta s i}} \text{Exposed} \xrightarrow{\alpha e} \text{Infectious} \xrightarrow{\gamma i} \text{Recovered} $$

**Susceptible (s):**the fraction of the population that is susceptible to COVID-19**Exposed (e):**the fraction that has been infected with the virus, but not yet transmitting the virus to others**Infectious (i):**the fraction that is infected and can infect others**Recovered (r):**the fraction that has recovered from infection and can no longer contract the disease

This model is a simplification and neglects mortality and birth rates. There is also an opportunity to improve the model with data sources such as search engine queries to improve early identification of regional outbreaks. Outbreak data on cruise ships give a controlled study to better assess under reported cases. The model also neglects the variable fraction of infected patients that will need healthcare services. This fraction depends on how well vulnerable populations such as the elderly or immuno-compromised patients are protected.

**Susceptible (s):**population fraction that is susceptible to the virus

**Exposed (e):**population fraction is infected with the virus but does not transmit to others

**Infectious (i):**population fraction that is infected and can infect others**Recovered (r):**population fraction recovered from infection and is immune from further infection

This model is a simplification and neglects mortality and birth rates. There is also an opportunity to update the model with data sources such as search engine queries to improve early identification of regional outbreaks. Outbreak data on cruise ships give a controlled study to better assess under-reported cases. The model also neglects the variable fraction of infected patients that will need healthcare services. This fraction depends on how well vulnerable populations such as the elderly or immuno-compromised patients are protected.

m.time = np.linspace(0, 200, 500)

t = np.linspace(0, 200, 101) t = np.insert(t,1,[0.001,0.002,0.004,0.008,0.02,0.04,0.08, 0.2,0.4,0.8]) m.time = t

m.solve()

m.solve(disp=False)

plt.figure(figsize=(8,5)

plt.figure(figsize=(8,5))

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(:title COVID-19 Optimal Control Response:) (:keywords Python, nonlinear control, model predictive control, epidemiology, dynamic programming:) (:description Optimize social distancing to minimize economic disruption of COVID-19 while keeping hospitals below full capacity.:)

With the rapid spread of the disease COVID-19, epidemiologists have devised a strategy to "flatten the curve" by applying various levels of social distancing. The strategy is to reduce the transmission of the virus SARS-CoV-2 so that the healthcare system is not overburdened.

covid-19_flatten_the_curve.png

Social distancing lowers the total number of people who are infected to keep hospitals below full capacity and reduces the total cumulative infected. Social distancing also minimizes the pandemic until a vaccine or effective treatments can be developed. One of the downsides of extended social distancing is economic disruption where businesses fail, unemployment rises, supplies become scare, and assistance is needed to provide for the most vulnerable. Repeated outbreak cycles over multiple years are common when the fraction of susceptible individuals is high. The objective of this study is to not just "flatten the curve" but to optimize social distancing to minimize the outbreak time and keep healthcare services below full capacity.

The fraction of **S**usceptible, **E**xposed, **I**nfected, and **R**ecovered (SEIR) population is given by a compartmental model with four differential equations.

$$\frac{ds}{dt} = -(1-u)\beta s i$$ $$\frac{de}{dt} = (1-u)\beta s i - \alpha e $$ $$\frac{di}{dt} = \alpha e - \gamma i $$ $$\frac{dr}{dt} = \gamma i$$

**Susceptible (s):**the fraction of the population that is susceptible to COVID-19**Exposed (e):**the fraction that has been infected with the virus, but not yet transmitting the virus to others**Infectious (i):**the fraction that is infected and can infect others**Recovered (r):**the fraction that has recovered from infection and can no longer contract the disease

This model is a simplification and neglects mortality and birth rates. There is also an opportunity to improve the model with data sources such as search engine queries to improve early identification of regional outbreaks. Outbreak data on cruise ships give a controlled study to better assess under reported cases. The model also neglects the variable fraction of infected patients that will need healthcare services. This fraction depends on how well vulnerable populations such as the elderly or immuno-compromised patients are protected.

{$ \text{Susceptible} \xrightarrow{(1-u)\frac{\beta s i}} \text{Exposed} \xrightarrow{\alpha e} \text{Infectious} \xrightarrow{\gamma i} \text{Recovered} $}

A simulation model shows the effect of social distancing (*u=0 (none), u=1 (total isolation)*) and other ways to alter the outcome. A starting simulation model in Python Gekko predicts the response with a single social distancing factor (*u==0*) for 200 days for a population of 100,000.

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(:toggle hide covid19_sim button show="Show GEKKO (Python)":) (:div id=covid19_sim:) (:source lang=python:) import numpy as np from gekko import GEKKO import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

t_incubation = 5.1 t_infective = 3.3 R0 = 2.4 N = 100000

- initial number of infected and recovered individuals

e_initial = 1/N i_initial = 0.00 r_initial = 0.00 s_initial = 1 - e_initial - i_initial - r_initial

alpha = 1/t_incubation gamma = 1/t_infective beta = R0*gamma

m = GEKKO() u = m.FV(0) s,e,i,r = m.Array(m.Var,4) s.value = s_initial e.value = e_initial i.value = i_initial s.value = s_initial m.Equations([s.dt()==-(1-u)*beta * s * i, e.dt()== (1-u)*beta * s * i - alpha * e, i.dt()==alpha * e - gamma * i, r.dt()==gamma*i])

m.time = np.linspace(0, 200, 500) m.options.IMODE=7 m.solve()

- plot the data

plt.figure(figsize=(8,5) plt.subplot(2,1,1) plt.plot(m.time, s.value, color='blue', lw=3, label='Susceptible') plt.plot(m.time, r.value, color='red', lw=3, label='Recovered') plt.ylabel('Fraction') plt.legend()

plt.subplot(2,1,2) plt.plot(m.time, i.value, color='orange', lw=3, label='Infective') plt.plot(m.time, e.value, color='purple', lw=3, label='Exposed') plt.ylim(0, 0.2) plt.xlabel('Time (days)') plt.ylabel('Fraction') plt.legend()

plt.show() (:sourceend:) (:divend:)

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For this case study, assume that the number of infected must stay below 2000 (*i<0.02*) to keep healthcare below full capacity. Minimize social distancing to decrease economic disruption. Assume that the maximum achievable social distancing is 0.8.

#### Python (GEKKO) Solution

The source code for the solution is shown below. A simulation is used to initialize the optimization problem to determine the best social distancing strategy that is adjusted every two days. While the spread of the disease is longer in duration than with no social distancing, a maximum of only 2% of the population is infective and 3.5% are exposed at any time.

(:toggle hide gekko_solution button show="Show GEKKO (Python) Solution":) (:div id=gekko_solution:) (:source lang=python:) import numpy as np from gekko import GEKKO import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

t_incubation = 5.1 t_infective = 3.3 R0 = 2.4 N = 100000

- fraction of infected and recovered individuals

e_initial = 1/N i_initial = 0.00 r_initial = 0.00 s_initial = 1 - e_initial - i_initial - r_initial

alpha = 1/t_incubation gamma = 1/t_infective beta = R0*gamma

m = GEKKO() u = m.MV(0,lb=0.0,ub=0.8)

s,e,i,r = m.Array(m.Var,4) s.value = s_initial e.value = e_initial i.value = i_initial r.value = r_initial m.Equations([s.dt()==-(1-u)*beta * s * i, e.dt()== (1-u)*beta * s * i - alpha * e, i.dt()==alpha * e - gamma * i, r.dt()==gamma*i])

t = np.linspace(0, 200, 101) t = np.insert(t,1,[0.001,0.002,0.004,0.008,0.02,0.04,0.08, 0.2,0.4,0.8]) m.time = t

- initialize with simulation

m.options.IMODE=7 m.options.NODES=3 m.solve(disp=False)

- plot the prediction

plt.figure(figsize=(8,5)) plt.subplot(3,1,1) plt.plot(m.time, s.value, color='blue', lw=3, label='Susceptible') plt.plot(m.time, r.value, color='red', lw=3, label='Recovered')

plt.subplot(3,1,2) plt.plot(m.time, i.value, color='orange', lw=3, label='Infective') plt.plot(m.time, e.value, color='purple', lw=3, label='Exposed')

- optimize

m.options.IMODE=6 i.UPPER = 0.02 u.STATUS = 1 m.options.SOLVER = 3 m.options.TIME_SHIFT = 0 s.value = s.value.value e.value = e.value.value i.value = i.value.value r.value = r.value.value m.Minimize(u) m.solve(disp=True)

- plot the optimized response

plt.subplot(3,1,1) plt.plot(m.time, s.value, color='blue', lw=3, ls=, label='Optimal Susceptible') plt.plot(m.time, r.value, color='red', lw=3, ls=, label='Optimal Recovered') plt.ylabel('Fraction') plt.legend()

plt.subplot(3,1,2) plt.plot(m.time, i.value, color='orange', ls=, lw=3, label='Infective<2000') plt.plot(m.time, e.value, color='purple', ls=, lw=3, label='Optimal Exposed') plt.ylim(0, 0.2) plt.ylabel('Fraction') plt.legend()

plt.subplot(3,1,3) plt.plot(m.time, u.value, 'k:', lw=3, label='Optimal (0=None, 1=No Interaction)') plt.ylabel('Social Distancing') plt.legend()

plt.xlabel('Time (days)')

plt.show() (:sourceend:) (:divend:)

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