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MINISTRY: DATA FROM 320,000 PUBLIC QUESTIONNAIRES USED TO HELP CONTAIN VIRUS

 

So far over 320,000 people have filled out an online questionnaire aimed at helping Hungarian scientists analyse the effects of the coronavirus epidemic in Hungary and predict the possible spread of the virus, the Innovation and Technology Ministry (ITM) said. The purpose of the questionnaire is to collect up-to-date data to draw up more accurate epidemic models, the ministry said, adding that it will be used by a team of their epidemiology mathematicians to predict the future spread of the epidemic and assessed the effects of related restrictions.
As part of the project dubbed Mask, forms can be filled out by any Hungarian individual, preferably daily, to assist protection efforts. A team of Hungarian scientists led by the University of Szeged is analysing the domestic effects of the epidemic on the basis of national data. According to the data, the average number of contacts made per capita went up by more than 60% in the first week of September compared with the end of August. This has given importance to contact tracing, the ministry said.