As of writing, there is still no vaccine for COVID-19. With cases in the U.S. resurging, contact tracing continues to be paramount in saving lives and allowing leaders to open the economy.
Without contact tracing, the rates of infection will outpace ICU capacity and governments may need to once again close down businesses and resume shelter-in-place. Along with the continued loss of life from the virus, the economy will also continue to suffer, resulting in millions of dollars lost every single day.
Using technology to enhance contract tracing is a key element to stopping the virus from continuing to spread but not without a pause for consideration. Having been involved with several technology procurement partnerships with government agencies and beyond, we share those considerations below.
Read on for valuable insight as to the relationship between contact tracing and technology, the obstacles and opportunities we face in connecting them, and why utilizing both today will impact future pandemic preparedness.