How good is our contact tracing? It would be nice to know

How good is our contact tracing? It would be nice to know

The contact tracing hit-rate has been terrible in the US and UK. Is it any better in Victoria and NSW?

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP /David Crosling)

How many known close contacts of COVID-19 carriers in Victoria and NSW are notified by government tracing teams?

The answer may seem self-evident — all of them — but if the experience of other countries is anything to go by, many close contacts may be falling through the gaps of the tracing system.

In England, a quarter of people referred to National Health Service (NHS) tracers cannot be reached due to a combination of unanswered calls and incorrect contact details. Of referrals who are successfully interviewed, around a third of the close contacts they provide to tracers are also proving impossible to find.

About the Author

William Summers — Independent researcher and blogger

William Summers

Independent researcher and blogger

William Summers is an independent researcher, journalist and communications professional based in Melbourne, Australia. His specialist areas of expertise are Freedom of Information (FOI) and MPs’ allowances. In 2017 he was a Walkley Award finalist.

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