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Randy Atkins: A model developed by a University of Maryland engineering professor could help public health planners efficiently distribute drugs or vaccines. Jeffrey Herrmann’s calculations input numbers of people and distribution locations, along with deadlines.
Jeffrey Herrmann: And then the model calculates the number of staff needed and estimates how long people will have to wait in line.
Randy Atkins: That’s important, not only for convenience, but to minimize your exposure to potentially contagious people.
Jeffrey Herrmann: It’s based upon data that we’ve collected from time studies of exercises that simulate these types of situations.
Randy Atkins: The software program is available to health officials for free. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.