THE RISE OF THE DELTA VARIANT is bringing back memories of the initial Covid wave in the spring of 2020, the crushing winter surge, the never-ending argument about “nonpharmaceutical measures” like masking and distance, and concerns about children and schools. However, it does not appear to have revived ideas about contact tracking, which was one of the initial greatest prospects for limiting the pandemic in its early days.
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Many times, contact tracing has been pronounced dead. The New York Times reported that Covid-19 was failing four and a half months after it was initially discovered in the United States.
It’s gotten a lot of media coverage recently, but it’s been negative: The Delta influx has left contract employees and the general public exhausted, according to a recent Kaiser Health News piece. It stated, “Contact tracing appears to have fallen by the wayside.” In areas like Arkansas and Texas, fewer staff are alerting persons who have been exposed to the virus and advising them on isolation. In addition, Texas’ new budget prohibits state support for contact tracking.
A poll conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and NPR in June of this year indicated that many states were shutting down their contact tracing programmes just as Delta became the prevalent strain in the US and the epidemic appeared to be tapering up.