Ethics. Research. Community.

Would You Give Up Your Cell Phone Location Data to Fight COVID?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

One of the most powerful tools that epidemiologists have for containing an outbreak is contact tracing—finding out all of the people with whom an infected person has had contact during the period when they were potentially shedding the virus. The identified individuals will then be placed under isolation and observed for symptoms. This method has been used in this outbreak when public health authorities recommend isolation for people who have been near someone who is infected or have traveled from a region with a high number of cases.…

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