Where COVID Is on the Menu: Failed Contact Tracing Leaves Diners in the Dark

Where COVID Is on the Menu: Failed Contact Tracing Leaves Diners in the Dark

“We’ve really missed an opportunity” to use contact tracing systematically to provide “useful information to give us ideas of where we might need to be intervening,” he said. For contact tracing of other infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, investigators usually ask patients to think through all the contacts with whom they might have shared a virus. But U.S. contact tracing for COVID-19 hasn’t taken this approach, in part because of a lack of resources and public trust. In Japan, investigators use contact tracing to identify clusters of disease where people live or congregate. Other local governments have contact tracing completion rates so low that the data gleaned may not be meaningful.

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