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Slowing the Spread through Contact Tracing

John Welch and Emily Wroe of Partners in Health's Massachusetts COVID-19 response and community tracing collaborative discussed the effectiveness of contact tracing and their work to address privacy concerns and technological barriers.
A man wearing a protective mask is seen among people at a crowded market amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease in Mumbai, India
Emily Wroe
John Welch
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About this Event

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase globally, public health and private sector leaders are rapidly scaling efforts to monitor, prevent, and treat the disease. Contact tracing, a vital intervention for ensuring proper treatment and slowing the spread, was effectively used during the Ebola pandemic, and is now a major element of Singapore, Korea, and China’s COVID-19 responses. Partners in Health is leveraging their global experience in treating outbreaks and responding to emergency situations to lead the recovery charge in the United States and launched the first statewide coronavirus contact tracing program in April 2020. How exactly does contact tracing work and what is essential to making it successful? Are technological concerns related to privacy, hindering contact tracing and how are they being addressed?

About the Speakers
Emily Wroe
Emily Wroe, Director of Implementation & Design, MA's COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative, Partners in Health
John Welch
John Welch, Director of Operations and Partnerships, MA's COVID-19 Response, Partners in Health