Researchers from the US and Nepal have used a new imaging method to reveal the exact location of coronavirus outbreaks and their transmission patterns in the two countries.
The team has developed a high-resolution, two-dimensional (HD) model that is capable of mapping the spread of COVID in different regions in Nepal.
The model shows that COVID is spreading more quickly in the north of Nepal than in the south, while in the east, the spread is more moderate.
The study, published in the journal PLOS Pathogens, is the first to show the precise location of COV-19 outbreaks in Nepal, said study co-author Dr Michael Toth of the University of Utah.
The new study, which uses a new method for COVID mapping called the Covid-15 High Resolution Imaging (HDI) Project, was published in PLOS ONE.
“Our findings are an important first step towards identifying where COVID has spread in Nepal,” Toth told Al Jazeera.
“The new model helps us determine the extent of the spread, the timing and the extent to which the disease is concentrated in a particular area.”
The new research was supported by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Coverage of coronavectosis in Nepal was reported in the December issue of the journal PLoS Pathogens.