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The Guardian

Trang Bui

1 May 2020

Vietnam

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Although Vietnam had a limited ability to treat coronavirus patients due to lack of treatment infrastructures, the country has been able to keep their case count low by implementing aggressive testing, contact tracing...

Wired

Megan Molteni

29 April 2020

United States

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Scientists have been mapping microbes in public places for a long time and are now tracking Covid-19 by swabbing subways, park benches, ATMs, and even the air, for traces of genetic material to better understand the v...

Wall Street Journal

Niharika Mandhana

Lam Le

27 April 2020

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Vietnam implemented rigid protocols around contact tracing and quarantine methodologies in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak, and so far, it has paid off with no deaths and a manageable caseload. Although a la...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Nate Carlisle

27 April 2020

Utah, United States

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To contain coronavirus, Utah has enabled contact tracing that utilizes state employees to make phone calls to those who have potentially been exposed to the virus but many they call do not speak English. To address th...

The New York Times

Su-Hyun Lee

Brett Sokol

27 April 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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The art world in Seoul is cautiously taking steps to reopening business following the COVID-19 quarantine. To keep safe, galleries are practicing the usual social distancing guidelines, wearing masks, and collecting c...

The Guardian

Nemo Kim

Maheen Sadiq

Marina Costa

Nikhita Chulani

23 April 2020

South Korea

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South Korea took early and aggressive measures to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic, and the country has now been able to successfully declare that they've flattened the curve of reported cases. The combined strategy ...

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Nina Feldman

23 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, volunteers with the University of Pennsylvania have launched a small-scale effort in contact tracing, a method in which disease detectives track and monitor the interactions and movements of known inf...

The Guardian

Justin McCurry

23 April 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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With one of the lowest mortality rates in the world and a rapidly declining rate of new COVID-19 cases, South Korea has emerged as a world leader in containing the pandemic. Many credit widespread testing and contact ...

Business Insider

Hiatt Woods

23 April 2020

Singapore

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When it comes to containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many experts point to contact tracing, in which disease detectives track and monitor the interactions and movements of known infected people, as the key...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

21 April 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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As a method known as contact tracing, in which disease detectives track and monitor the interactions and movements of known infected people, has been hailed as a success in countries like South Korea, the United State...

Foreign Affairs

Victor Cha

21 April 2020

South Korea

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South Korea's national government took quick action and implemented sweeping policy changes that have helped the country better control the spread of Covid-19. Contact tracing and democratizing the creation of testing...

WBEZ

Kristen Schorsch

20 April 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Doctors and staff at Howard Brown Health, a Chicago health center for LGBTQ patients, is using its years of experience in containing and treating HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases with contact tracing to hel...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Gill

20 April 2020

Hawaii, United States

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In Hawaii, an understaffed health department is struggling to keep up with the number of new COVID-19 infections, but they are doing what they can with a method known as contact tracing, in which disease detectives tr...

U.S. News & World Report

Sarah Toth Stub

20 April 2020

Jerusalem, Israel

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The use of mobile phone technology can aid in contact tracing and the collection of public health data. In Israel, the government’s use of GPS phone locations to trace cases of COVID-19 raised scrutiny regarding priva...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

17 April 2020

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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As the United States looks toward reopening, some states are preparing by directing resources toward contact tracing strategies, which is not a new protocol for controlling communicable disease and has shown success i...

Anchorage Daily News

Michelle Theriault Boots

17 April 2020

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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In an effort to contain the coronavirus, Alaska nurses are stepping in as "contact tracers," as a means of investigating who should be quarantined or tested. The initiative has been credited for helping keep Alaska's ...

The New Yorker

Max S. Kim

17 April 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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In South Korea, the government has launched a program of contact tracing, in which disease detectives track and monitor the interactions and movements of known infected people, which many observers are hailing as the ...

The Guardian

Sarah Boseley

17 April 2020

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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In Hong Kong, the government has been able to successfully contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a two-pronged strategy of testing and tracing, in which disease detectives track and monitor the interac...

The New York Times

Ellen Barry

16 April 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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While East Asian countries have found success in deploying technology to do contact tracing, or a method of virus containment in which disease detectives track and monitor the interactions and movements of known infec...

Harvard Business Review

Yasheng Huang

15 April 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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Though the type of government, whether democratic or authoritarian, seems to matter little in who is faring the best against the coronavirus pandemic, the more successful countries do tend to be situated in East Asia....

Deseret News

Lois M. Collins

11 April 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Contact tracing, the act of identifying the people that someone infected with COVID-19 has come into contact with to reduce transmission, is front and center for Salt Lake City County’s Infectious Disease and Epidemio...

North Carolina Health News

Anne Blythe

11 April 2020

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

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The University of North Carolina's healthcare system is utilizing virtual care centers and mobile communications to more efficiently prioritize potential COVID-19 cases and better track people after they've been teste...

The Washington Post

Niha Masih

10 April 2020

Kochi, Kerala, India

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When coupled with long-term state investment in public institutions, a rapid response to a pandemic is most effective. In India, Kerala state acted quickly relative to its neighbors in communicating risks, tracking ca...

Vox

Christina Thornell

Danush Parvaneh

Ranjani Chakraborty

Mac Schneider

10 April 2020

South Korea

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Having learned lessons from the 2015 MERS outbreak, South Korea was quick to implement both widespread testing and contact tracing at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although cases were only just beginning to be r...

PBS NewsHour

Nick Schifrin

1 April 2020

Taiwan

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Taiwan was expected to be inundated with COVID-19 cases, but that never happened at least in part due to the swift and aggressive actions enacted by the government. Integral to the approach was enhanced transparency f...

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