Contact tracing for Covid-19 – lessons from 1962

Nimrod Griffiths – Health Inspector in the front line in 1962. Photo (c) ITV Wales

Controlling the next phase of the 2020 coronavirus outbreak is likely to depend on contact tracing – tracking down anyone who has been in contact with a person showing symptoms of the virus.
It will involve tracing anyone who has come into close contact with someone who has tested positive and advising them to self-isolate to stop further spread.
There are lessons to be learned from one of the last big contact-tracing exercises – carried out almost 60 years ago during the smallpox outbreak of 1962.
The BBC published this report on 7 June 2020.

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