Thesis ID: CBB133889820

Without a Trace: Is Technology the Next Stage in Contact Tracing’s Evolution? (2021)


Contact tracing has become both a buzzword and a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though it was deployed nationwide in the U.S., its success varied regionally. This special project thesis, in the form of a longform journalism article, traces the public health practice back to its roots to explore who contact tracers are, what they do, and what factors contributed to tracing’s limited success in 2020–21, centering around concepts of stigma and privacy. With this foundation, it assesses the promise and perils of incorporating technology into contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Authors & Contributors
Gallay, Alan
García Ferrandis, Xavier
Huffard, R. Scott, Jr.
Markus, Miles B.
Evensen, Darrick T.
Clarke, Christopher E.
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Journal of Southern History
Journal of the History of Biology
Science Communication
Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
Ohio State University
Manchester University Press
Fundación Gaspar Casal
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
University of California Press
Public health
Infectious diseases
Prevention and control of disease
Medicine and society
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
18th century
United States
Valencia (Spain)
Florida (U.S.)
Boston (Massachusetts, U.S.)

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