In public health, contact tracing is the process of identification of persons who may have come into contact with an infected person ("contacts") and subsequent collection of further information about these contacts. By tracing the contacts of infected individuals, testing them for infection, treating the infected and tracing their contacts in turn, public health aims to reduce infections in the population. Diseases for which contact tracing is commonly performed for include tuberculosis, vaccine-preventable infections like measles, sexually transmitted infections (including HIV), blood-borne infections, some serious bacterial infections, and novel infections (e.g. SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2).

The goals of contact tracing are:

  • To interrupt ongoing transmission and reduce spread of an infection

  • To alert contacts to the possibility of infection and offer preventive counseling or prophylactic care

  • To offer diagnosis, counseling and treatment to already infected individuals

  • If the infection is treatable, to help prevent reinfection of the originally infected patient

  • To learn about the epidemiology of a disease in a particular population



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  1. Remote tracing and monitoring of infected people. Notify them of their exposure in order to avoid the spread of additional transmissions.

  2. Support the quarantine of contacts. Reaching out and providing support through empathetic engagement and personal touch.

  3. Privacy Compliance Standards. Contact tracers in the US will require to comply with Federal HIPAA privacy regulations.

  4. Use digital tools. Adoption and evaluation of digital tools may expand reach and efficacy of contact tracers.