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Max Schurwanz, Peter Adam Hoeher, Sunasheer Bhattacharjee, Martin Damrath, Lukas Stratmann and Falko Dressler, "Infectious Disease Transmission via Aerosol Propagation from a Molecular Communication Perspective: Shannon Meets Coronavirus," arXiv, eess.SP, 2011.00290, November 2020.


Molecular communication is not just able to mimic biological and chemical communication mechanisms, but also provides a theoretical framework regarding viral infection processes. In this tutorial, aerosol and droplet transmission is modeled as a multiuser scenario with mobile nodes, related to broadcasting and relaying. In contrast to data communication systems, in the application of pathogen-laden aerosol transmission, mutual information between nodes should be minimized. Towards this goal, several countermeasures are reasoned. The findings are supported by experimental results and by an advanced particle simulation tool. This work is inspired by the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but also applicable to other air-borne infectious diseases like influenza.

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Max Schurwanz
Peter Adam Hoeher
Sunasheer Bhattacharjee
Martin Damrath
Lukas Stratmann
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Schurwanz, Max and Hoeher, Peter Adam and Bhattacharjee, Sunasheer and Damrath, Martin and Stratmann, Lukas and Dressler, Falko},
    doi = {10.48550/arXiv.2011.00290},
    title = {{Infectious Disease Transmission via Aerosol Propagation from a Molecular Communication Perspective: Shannon Meets Coronavirus}},
    institution = {arXiv},
    month = {11},
    number = {2011.00290},
    type = {eess.SP},
    year = {2020},

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