Coronavirus: contact tracing explained

WHO says Covid-19 patient tracing should be ‘backbone of the response’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage What is contact tracing? This is one of the most basic planks of public health responses to an epidemic . It means literally tracking down anyone that somebody with an infection may have had contact with in the days before they became ill. It was – and always will be – central to the fight against Ebola, for instance. In west Africa in 2014/15 there were large teams of people who would trace relatives and knock on the doors of neighbours and friends to find anyone who might have become infected by touching the sick person. Continue reading...