Ethical Framework for Assessing Manual and Digital Contact Tracing for COVID-19

Annals of Internal Medicine
March 2021 Volume 174, Issue 3
http://annals.org/aim/issue

 

Medicine and Public Issues
Ethical Framework for Assessing Manual and Digital Contact Tracing for COVID-19
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Bernard Lo, MD, Ida Sim, MD, PhD
Pages:395–400
… Public health interventions to control a contagious disease must balance benefiting the community and restricting individual liberty (1). The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged traditional balancing of these countervailing aims. Some opponents of wearing masks, restricting public gatherings, and closing businesses regard these measures as assaults on individual liberty, reject medical science, and downplay the threat of infections (2, 3). Contact tracing presents particularly vexing challenges of balancing societal versus individual interests. We analyze major aspects of manual and technology-assisted contact tracing that raise the thorniest ethical issues…