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Minnesota protests challenge contact tracing of COVID-19


Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota

Minnesota has gone all-in on contact tracing - mobilizing more than 400 interviewers and investigators to find people at risk for COVID-19 and prevent them from spreading the infectious disease.

But a new report questions that strategy against the coronavirus causing this pandemic. And those concerns were raised irrespective of the mass protests over the death of George Floyd, which could produce a new wave of COVID-19 cases that would be tough to trace.

"We've almost seen a mind-set that if a little contact tracing is good, a lot more must be better. ... We're saying, 'No that's not true,' " Michael Osterholm, executive director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), said on Tuesday.


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