Digital contact tracing won’t save Americans from COVID-19 | Bhaskar Chakravorti in Fast Company

Fletcher Dean of Global Business Bhaskar Chakravorti describes the mixed success of automated contact tracing experiments around the world and how this spells trouble for U.S. efforts to rein in COVID-19.

… the U.S. is left relying almost entirely on tried-and-true though time-consuming and expensive manual contact tracing. As it stands, only seven states and the District of Columbia have sufficient numbers of contact tracers. Compliance is another challenge. Officials in Rockland County, New York, have issued subpoenas to force people to cooperate with contact tracing efforts.

Ironically, the U.S. may need digital contact tracing more than any other country but appears to be likely to turn its back on the very lifesaving innovations it has helped develop.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Fast Company