# COVID-19: The Case of Germany

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It is such a beautiful day outside, lot’s of sunshine, spring at last… and we are now basically all grounded and sitting here, waiting to get sick.

So, why not a post from the new epicentre of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Central Europe, more exactly where I live: Germany?! Indeed, if you want to find out what the numbers tell us how things might develop here, read on!

We will use the same model we already used in this post: Epidemiology: How contagious is Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?. You can find all the details there and in the comments.

library(deSolve) # https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_coronavirus_pandemic_in_Germany#Statistics Infected <- c(16, 18, 21, 26, 53, 66, 117, 150, 188, 240, 349, 534, 684, 847, 1112, 1460, 1884, 2369, 3062, 3795, 4838, 6012) Day <- 1:(length(Infected)) N <- 83149300 # population of Germany acc. to Destatis old <- par(mfrow = c(1, 2)) plot(Day, Infected, type ="b") plot(Day, Infected, log = "y") abline(lm(log10(Infected) ~ Day)) title("Total infections COVID-19 Germany", outer = TRUE, line = -2)

This clearly shows that we have an exponential development here, unfortunately as expected.

SIR <- function(time, state, parameters) { par <- as.list(c(state, parameters)) with(par, { dS <- -beta/N * I * S dI <- beta/N * I * S - gamma * I dR <- gamma * I list(c(dS, dI, dR)) }) } init <- c(S = N-Infected[1], I = Infected[1], R = 0) RSS <- function(parameters) { names(parameters) <- c("beta", "gamma") out <- ode(y = init, times = Day, func = SIR, parms = parameters) fit <- out[ , 3] sum((Infected - fit)^2) } Opt <- optim(c(0.5, 0.5), RSS, method = "L-BFGS-B", lower = c(0, 0), upper = c(1, 1)) # optimize with some sensible conditions Opt$message ## [1] "CONVERGENCE: REL_REDUCTION_OF_F <= FACTR*EPSMCH" Opt_par <- setNames(Opt$par, c("beta", "gamma")) Opt_par ## beta gamma ## 0.6428120 0.3571881 t <- 1:80 # time in days fit <- data.frame(ode(y = init, times = t, func = SIR, parms = Opt_par)) col <- 1:3 # colour matplot(fit$time, fit[ , 2:4], type = "l", xlab = "Day", ylab = "Number of subjects", lwd = 2, lty = 1, col = col) matplot(fit$time, fit[ , 2:4], type = "l", xlab = "Day", ylab = "Number of subjects", lwd = 2, lty = 1, col = col, log = "y") ## Warning in xy.coords(x, y, xlabel, ylabel, log = log): 1 y value <= 0 ## omitted from logarithmic plot points(Day, Infected) legend("bottomright", c("Susceptibles", "Infecteds", "Recovereds"), lty = 1, lwd = 2, col = col, inset = 0.05) title("SIR model Covid-19 Germany", outer = TRUE, line = -2)

par(old) R0 <- setNames(Opt_par["beta"] / Opt_par["gamma"], "R0") R0 ## R0 ## 1.799646 fit[fit$I == max(fit$I), "I", drop = FALSE] # height of pandemic ## I ## 54 9769398 max_infected <- max(fit$I) max_infected / 5 # severe cases ## [1] 1953880 max_infected * 0.06 # cases with need for intensive care ## [1] 586163.9 # https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24532733-700-why-is-it-so-hard-to-calculate-how-many-people-will-die-from-covid-19/ max_infected * 0.007 # deaths with supposed 0.7% fatality rate ## [1] 68385.78

So, according to this model, the height of the pandemic will be reached by the end of April, beginning of May. About 10 million people would be infected by then, which translates to about 2 million severe cases, about 600,000 cases in need of intensive care and up to 70,000 deaths.

Those are the numbers our model produces and nobody knows whether they are correct while everybody hopes they are not. One thing has to be kept in mind though: the numbers used in the model are from before the shutdown (for details see here: DER SPIEGEL: Germany Moves To Shut Down Most of Public Life). So hopefully those measures will prove effective and the actual numbers will turn out to be much, much lower.

I wish you all the best and stay healthy!

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