Is Contact Tracing Going too Far?

Is Contact Tracing Going too Far?

( – As the demand increases for information about tracking the spread of the coronavirus, new methods of information collection are under consideration. One such method is called “contact tracing,” where individuals infected with COVID-19 share who they’ve been near. That information is then used to contact those individuals to inform them they may have become infected.

This strategy helps track the spread of the coronavirus, though it requires expertise and coordination between various agencies to be effective. Supposedly, this personal information is confidential, but there are concerns about that claim. Democrats have obtained access to personal information via the contact tracing system in the past, information that can then be used for political gain.

Even in light of this breach of ethics, people associated with the Clinton Foundation think contact tracing is a good idea.

Health experts have written a letter to Congress asking for an additional $46.5 billion to expand contact tracing. Here’s what they’re asking for:

  • $4.5 billion to pay for vacant hotel rooms to house infected people
  • $12 billion to hire 180,000 workers to enact contact tracing at the ground level
  • $30 billion to pay for people who need to self-quarantine for 14 days

Some of the $25 billion allocated for testing measures in the latest interim stimulus bill can be used for contact tracing. The $46.5 billion in additional funding is being requested in the next coronavirus stimulus bill. Contact tracing might be an effective tool, but it’s one that’s already proven to have been misused by politicians.

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