The Best Test & Trace Resources
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6. Expert Plans
TEST AND TRACE IMPLEMENTATION GUIDES
COVID-19 Contact Tracing Playbook (Resolve to Save Lives) – This playbook aims to provide clear and actionable technical guidance and tools for U.S. health departments to rapidly set up and implement contact tracing to support COVID-19 containment.
COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative resources (Mass.gov) – Materials provided by Massachusetts government and Partners In Health for entities interested in creating contact tracing organizations.
CONTACT TRACING TRAINING
Johns Hopkins: How To Do Contact Tracing – Free, five-hour course available online through Coursera.
Introductory online course for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers (ASTHO) – Recommended by U.S. CDC for use by health agencies in rapid training of new contact tracers.
UH EPI Corps Contact Tracer Certificate Program – Training for students, faculty and staff of the University of Houston.
CONTACT TRACING TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
Understanding Digital Contact Tracing: Limitations, Implications and Recommendations (U.S. Digital Response) – Article on the limited role that can be played by digital contact tracing in a broader effort to contain the coronavirus.
The Best Contact Tracing Tech Resources (#TestAndTrace)
Covid Tracing Tracker (MIT Technology Review) – Database of automated contact tracing efforts around the world.
Digital Smartphone Tracking for COVID-19 (JAMA Network) – Overview of digital contact tracing strategies.
CONTACT TRACING STAFFING CALCULATORS
Contact Tracing Staffing Calculator (Prevent Epidemics) – The excel calculator helps estimate staff resources needed for scaling up contact tracing.
Contact Tracing Workforce Estimator: County, State & National (The George Washington University)
OTHER (Data, Projections, & Calculations)
The COVID Tracking Project – Volunteer organization launched by The Atlantic to compile and publish data related to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.
Worldometer: Coronavirus – Global data on coronavirus testing and cases.
Covid Act Now – Coronavirus data analysis and projections from a multidisciplinary team working in partnership with Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security, Stanford University Clinical Excellence Research Center and Grand Rounds.
What Happens Next? COVID-19 Futures, Explained With Playable Simulations (Nicky Case, Marcel Salathé)
TRACE (The Brookings Institution, Washington University in St. Louis) – A “policy laboratory” to assist in the design of effective containment policies using testing and contact tracing.
CV19 Lab Testing Dashboard (AEI) – Uses testing data to measure infection risk in communities.
Rt COVID-19 – Real-time updates on every state’s Rt values, which measure how fast the virus is spreading.
PRIVACY ISSUES FOR CONTACT TRACING
Ethical practice in isolation, quarantine & contact tracing (AMA) – Guidance from the AMA Code of Medical Ethics on balancing confidentiality and privacy versus public health in efforts to contain COVID-19.
Covid-19 contact tracing: efficacy and privacy (EPFL) – Assessing the risk trade-off between privacy and efficacy that the use of contact-tracing apps entails.
A National Plan to Enable Comprehensive COVID-19 Case Finding and Contact Tracing in the US (Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, ASTHO) – Calls for “new national initiative that combines a massive expansion of rapid diagnostic tests in every community with an unprecedented growth in a public health workforce and adoption of new technologies dedicated to case identification and contact tracing in each state.”
Coronavirus: How to Do Testing and Contact Tracing (Tomas Pueyo) – Explains how countries that have been successful containing COVID-19 tend to focus on testing and tracing.
Box It In: Rapid Public Action Can Box in COVID-19 and Reopen Society (Resolve to Save Lives) – Explanation of essential actions required to emerge safely from sheltering in place authored by organization led by former CDC Director Tom Frieden.
COVID-19 Strategic Testing Plan (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services) – Congressionally mandated report on Trump administration’s approach to coronavirus testing.
Biden campaign’s COVID-19 testing proposal – Coronavirus testing plan created by Vice President Joe Biden and Biden for President Public Health Advisory Committee.
Contact tracing for COVID-19: New considerations for its practical application (McKinsey & Company) – Explainer on contact tracing, including limitations.
STUDIES AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH
Modeling the impact of social distancing, testing, contact tracing and household quarantine on second-wave scenarios of the COVID-19 epidemic (Center for Inference & Dynamics of Infectious Diseases) – “Assuming the identification of 50% of the symptomatic infections, and the tracing of 40% of their contacts and households, which corresponds to about 9% of individuals quarantined, the ensuing reduction in transmission allows the reopening of economic activities while attaining a manageable impact on the health care system.”
COVID-19 Primer (Primer) – Roundup of latest research on COVID-19. Updated daily.
Getting Americans Back to Work (and School) With Pooled Testing (USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics) – Batching tests enables screening multiple people simultaneously to ramp up testing numbers and lower costs.
CONTACT TRACING PLANS – STATE AND INTERNATIONAL