In many places, Corona measures such as mandatory masking, testing and vaccination have been relaxed or even dropped altogether. The project »EsteR - Decision support for public health authorities by means of risk modeling for pandemic control« is also coming to an end – the results of the project remain relevant nevertheless. The algorithms developed by the researchers in the »Financial Mathematics« department are not only being used in the current pandemic: the software will also be used in the future for precautionary purposes and in similar pandemic situations.
Reliable Decision Support
Some software applications were developed in the wake of the Corona pandemic, but most were aimed only at contact tracing and contact management. Very few provided support for individual contact events, such as Corona infection in a school class. The goal of EsteR was therefore to capture complex statistical-epidemiological facts about specific infection situations
To achieve this, the researchers focused directly on the day-to-day work of health department employees. The software environment developed by the experts had to be easy to use and understandable. Statistical evaluations, which are clearly displayed in an app, can provide mathematical support for the offices in questions such as »Who has to be quarantined if a child falls ill at school?«. The benefits of the project developments could be tested through direct cooperation with the health offices in Berlin-Reinickendorf, Bremen, Bremerhaven and Cologne.