As state and local governments deliberate how and when to get back to business, much discussion has centered around contact tracing to rein in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Health departments have used contact tracing—the practice of identifying and monitoring people who’ve had close contact with infected individuals—to control communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, syphilis, and HIV infection. But, in terms of the sheer number of cases and the ease with which it spreads, COVID-19 presents special challenges.
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Rubin R. Building an “Army of Disease Detectives” to Trace COVID-19 Contacts. JAMA. 2020;323(23):2357–2360. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8880
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