Contact tracing not viable as pandemic rages on, say consultants

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Mumbai: With Covid-19 instances persevering with to rise in Maharashtra and elsewhere within the nation, bureaucrats and consultants are questioning the viability of contact tracing, particularly in areas the place there’s a excessive prevalence of an infection, and calling for a rethink on the technique.

A number of authorities officers instructed ET that there isn’t a helpful goal involved tracing in locations just like the Mumbai metropolitan area (comprising Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli, and many others), Nagpur, Aurangabad and Satara the place the virus has unfold among the many basic inhabitants in such a fashion that has made contact tracing superfluous.

“If say A has been contaminated by the virus, then a contact tracing exhibits that the majority of his contacts are additionally constructive, it’s tough to determine who has contaminated A…or how did these contacts get contaminated within the first place,” an official stated on situation of anonymity.

One other official stated, “Why do you do contact tracing? It’s to interrupt the chain of an infection. Nonetheless, it turns into irrelevant when it has unfold among the many group in such a big scale. Whether or not the federal government admits it or not, it doesn’t change the actual fact that there’s a group unfold.”