Experts from the University of California San Francisco Explain How Contact Tracing Will End the Coronavirus Pandemic
For all the anticipation around new COVID-19 tests, therapeutics and vaccines, public health experts know that the end of the pandemic will depend also on a low-tech, tried-and-true tactic – contact tracing.
Contact tracing sounds simple: alert anyone who has been in contact with an infected person and prevent them from spreading the disease to others. Yet contact tracing involves a tailored plan for each disease and a dedicated workforce with investigative know-how and people skills. California Gov. Gavin Newsom included the ability to contact trace among the indicators for loosening state-wide stay-at-home orders. To ramp up contact tracing for COVID-19 in San Francisco, UC San Francisco has been partnering with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) to provide technical assistance, training and manpower.
Bluetooth Signals From Your Smartphone Could Automate Covid-19 Contact Tracing While Preserving Privacy
A system that enables smartphones to transmit “chirps” to nearby devices could notify people if they have been near an infected person, say researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Imagine...