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‘It’s just impossible’: tracing contacts takes backseat as virus spreads

The health director for Ridgefield, Connecticut, says there is no way that he and his staff of two can identify and isolate all the people who have interacted with an infected patient, not at the rate cases are multiplying across the town.

Known as contact tracing, this vital but labor-intensive process is becoming increasingly difficult for stetched health departments in towns and cities across the United States, which has more than 160,000 cases, more than any country in the world.

A massive testing campaign, coupled with intensive contact tracing, is credited with helping South Korea slow the spread of coronavirus, whereas the United States has been criticized for a slow response.

‘It’s just impossible’: tracing contacts takes backseat as virus spreads

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The health director for Ridgefield, Connecticut, says there is no way that he and his staff of two can identify and isolate all the people who have interacted with an infected patient, not at the rate cases are multiplying across the town.

“Tracing exposures of exposures of exposures. It’s just impossible,” Briggs said. “The cases are to the point where we can’t possibly trace everybody back now.”

Known as contact tracing, this vital but labor-intensive process is becoming increasingly difficult for stetched health departments in towns and cities across the United States, which has more than 160,000 cases, more than any country in the world.

A massive testing campaign, coupled with intensive contact tracing, is credited with helping South Korea slow the spread of coronavirus, whereas the United States has been criticized for a slow response.