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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