Community considers contact tracing app
Seen here is an example of an antibody test which is being administered at Gunnison Valley Hospital. Courtesy
Seen here is an example of an antibody test which is being administered at Gunnison Valley Hospital. Courtesy

As Colorado considers how best to reopen safely — communities throughout the state are now learning the latest pandemic lingo — and that’s contact tracing. But the subject has farther reaching impact than simply knowing who has been near whom.

Contact tracing is a public health strategy used to combat infectious disease outbreaks. While contact tracing and coronavirus go hand in hand, the practice — which involves tracking down all contacts of an infected person to break the chain of transmission — goes back decades.

The strategy has been successfully used throughout history including to control outbreaks of diseases such as tuberculosis, human immunodeficiency virus and sexually transmitted diseases.

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