Digital technologies for exposure notification in times of pandemic

Contact tracing is the process of detecting, evaluating, and deciding what to do with people exposed to a certain contagious disease to prevent the spread of transmission. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has overwhelmed the teams' capacity dedicated to this task, generating the need for new techniques and tools to assist in this process. The response time of governments to an emergency such as the current one is vital for the containment and protection of lives. The lessons learned during 2020 are key to understanding how technologies can help combat infectious diseases.

This joint document from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) shows how technologies can help governments to overcome such crises. It collects and analyzes the different solutions put in place to support different types of organizations or governments plan their contact tracing strategies and include recommendations based on existing experiences.

Click here to read the full report in Spanish. 

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COVID-19, Contact tracing tools, Public health surveillance, pandemic, PAHO
Research & Publications
Last Update: 01/27/2021