This paper investigates how the optimization of policymaker interventions against an epidemic disease is affected by contextual factors related to (i) a cost-centered approach to countering the epidemic, (ii) eventual correlative popular discontent, and (iii) growing social fatigue engendered by nontherapeutic interventions. Three nontherapeutic policies—mobility restrictions (MR), securing social interactions (SSI), and a combination of both (MR + SSI)—are compared in terms of effectiveness and efficiency in preventing infections and saving lives. The costs associated with these policies are economic as well as operational. The objective is to select the lowest cost policy that is the least sensitive to the cited contextual factors. Link to the article
EL OUARDIGHI, F., KHMELNITSKY, E. and SETHI, S.P. (2022). Epidemic control with endogenous treatment capability under popular discontent and social fatigue. Production and Operations Management, 31(4), pp. 1734-1752.