To realistically model the domestic spread of the disease, we assumed that the Australian population is exposed to the strain once it is a global pandemic. Following the approach of Germann et al. (28), we modeled this influx of disease by introducing the pandemic to local areas within 50 km of international airports every day. This dynamic seeding procedure infects the population within the seeding zone proportionally to the average daily incoming number of passengers reported by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (43). Full details of the dynamic seeding procedure can be found in section 3.4 of (31). Although the seeding procedure between years is methodologically identical, differences in international airport traffic between years (see Table 1) mean that the dynamic seeding procedures are crucially different.

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