Client Alert: COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Can it Co-Exist with Personal Privacy?

In short, “contact tracing” is epidemiological sleuthing. The CDC and other health officials say contact tracing is a critical element to mitigating the spread of the coronavirus disease. Simply put, public health workers in the role of “contact tracer” will have the job of identifying COVID-19 positive individuals, tracking down the people the infected person came in contact with, and advising them to self-isolate for up to 14 days to see if they develop COVID-19 symptoms. This Client Alert written by Rita Garry discusses the privacy of COVID-19 contact tracing.

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