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Contact tracing for Covid-19 exposure

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D.C. announced Wednesday it will hire hundreds of people to work as contact tracers for the coronavirus and there are estimates that nationwide, a few hundred thousand people could be needed to do this work.

“Our goal right now is to reach out to every positive case or exposure within the first 24 hours,” Stewart said. The person is asked to identify all the people they may have exposed and ideally provide names and phone numbers.

“A lot of people, you contact them, they already know. They’re like, ‘Oh my coworker told me or my friend told me that he tested positive, I was waiting for on your call.’”

 

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I just don’t see how in larger cities this will work. Someone travels into a city, has it, leaves. Cases pop up weeks later from this one visitor, it is a mess. Multiply, I just cannot mathematically see it under control. Now keep masks on and social distancing in place, wash often and I can see that helping. Unfortunately that is not happening right now by many either unless mandatory.
 

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It will be imperfect, of course. Will it get to where I walk up to the grocery store and see a notice that "positive people visited here on Day X around Time Y..."? Doubtful, but generally easy.

It will be fairly effective for workplaces, schools, churches, as it is generally the same people over and over again, and by definition, mass gatherings.

Anyone taking mass transport, well, assume others are infected and you are, too, and behave accordingly.
 
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