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Second Contact Survey paper published.

This second paper can be found by clicking on the link below:

Danon, L., Read, J.A., House, T.A., Vernon, M.C. and Keeling, M.J. (2013) Social encounter networks: characterizing Great Britain

We describe the data that has been collected, showing its spatial distribution across the UK and discussing the biases in age and household size. We than analyse the distribution of reported contacts, comparing our results with previous surveys and simulations. We next discuss individual-level contact patterns, focusing on the range of heterogeneity observed and discuss the correlations between contact patterns and other socio-demographic factors. We observe that children, public-sector and healthcare workers have the highest number of total contact hours and are therefore most likely to catch and transmit infectious disease; while individuals who are retired or unemployed have far lower contact hours.