Risk-taking behavior and its impact on treatment, vaccination and diagnosing
We present results from two recent mathematical biology studies that address the effect of risk-taking behavior on epidemic models. We show that when risk-taking prevails over riskavoidance, it is possible to show a detrimental and counterintuitive effect from increasing vaccination and treatment rates over certain critical time intervals. In addition, when risk-taking has a cumulative effect within the population, a lower transmission rate from diagnosed infected individuals may prevent the intended effect of vaccination.
Maxin, Daniel, "Risk-taking behavior and its impact on treatment, vaccination and diagnosing" (2015). Mathematics and Statistics Faculty Publications. 11.