For Overwhelmed And Burnt Out COVID-19 Contact Tracers, Help Is (Hopefully) Coming


Contact tracer Toni Parlanti of Stamford, Conn., calls a person identified as having been potentially exposed to coronavirus. States and territories report that they have over 70,000 people working on contact tracing as of December.

NPR’s latest survey finds the contact tracing workforce now tops 70,000, a dramatic increase in the last two months. But to truly meet the growing demand, new federal funding will be key.

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