Low-Tech vs. High-Tech

Embracing digital contact tracing seems to be part of the recipe for success in the East Asian countries that have fared best at “flattening the curve,” Harvard Business Review reports.
 
In these countries a “collectivist spirit” may override the privacy concerns that make digital surveillance so unpalatable in Western democracies.   
 
In the US, the state of Massachusetts tackling a surge in cases by investing in a low-tech approach: recruiting an army of people to trace patient contacts, starting with a phone call, The New York Times reports.
 
Some contend this approach is slow and prone to human error—but supporters say programs like this are re-upping decades of reduced capacity to do the “bread and butter” work of infection control. 

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