We may need 300,000 contact tracers to defeat COVID-19. We have 2,200

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force news conference at the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Enlarge / Robert Redfield,
director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force news conference at the White
House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (credit:

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As Americans anxiously await news of when they can emerge from
their 4-meter-wide personal-space bubbles and go back to something
resembling normal life, public health experts are working furiously
to determine essential steps to get us there safely. And a
consensus is emerging that key among those steps is recruiting a
massive number of people to perform contact tracing.

“It is going to be critical,” director Robert Redfield of the US
Centers for Disease Control told
NPR in an interview late last week
. Scaled-up contact tracing,
along with increased testing, is needed to “make sure that when we
open up, we open up for good.”

“We can’t afford to have multiple community outbreaks that can
spiral up into sustained community transmission,” he said, “so it
is going to be very aggressive, what I call ‘block and tackle,’
‘block and tackle.'”

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We may need 300,000 contact tracers to defeat COVID-19. We have 2,200