Germany’s Faith in Contact Tracing

Germany’s early, strong push on contact tracing may be helping the country keep COVID-19 deaths—10 per 100,000 people—comparatively low.

The US has seen almost 3 times as many deaths; France and Britain, more than 4 and 5½ times, respectively.

Germany’s approach—emphasizing tracking infection chains above “all else,” could offer lessons as the US ramps up tracing.

German tracers rely on old-fashioned phone calls and quarantines, eschewing the high-tech approaches of countries like China, Singapore, and South Korea that are a harder sell in Europe, given privacy concerns. They concede the process becomes more challenging as restrictions ease and contacts increase—but believe ongoing caution and respect for distancing efforts are helping.

The Washington Post

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