What does a contact tracer's job entail?

Jun 30, 2020
As states look for contact tracers to track potential coronavirus transmission, people with strong communication skills and an ability to work with people under stress are good candidates.
A contact tracer in Brussels. The U.S. could need as many as 100,000 of them to track potential coronavirus transmission.
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The search for contact tracers

Jun 12, 2020
Despite high unemployment, governments are having trouble finding enough people to track and reduce COVID-19 transmission. Requirements vary from state to state.
Contact tracers at work in Belgium. The U.S. is struggling to hire enough of them to reduce transmission of the coronavirus.
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Apple, Google plan to release contact-tracing tool this week

Apr 28, 2020
But what assurances are there that the data is private?
The Australian government's contact tracing app, COVIDSafe. Apple and Google worked together on their own tech-based solution.
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States are trying to build armies of coronavirus contact tracers

Apr 23, 2020
But public health departments have been chronically underfunded.
Contact tracers try to find everyone a person who tested positive for COVID-19 has come into contact with.
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