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At the start of the pandemic, contact tracing was seen as one of the best options for curbing the spread of coronavirus infections. The idea was to ask public health officials to track down people who tested positive, determine who they had been in contact with, and quickly quarantine those people. Places like Hong Kong and Singapore grabbed the headlines for their successes. The United States intended to replicate this, but failed. Today, health reporter Selena Simmons-Duffin explains what went wrong and the lessons learned.
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This episode was edited by Gisele Grayson, produced by Rebecca Ramirez and verified by Indi Khera. The sound engineer was Marcia Caldwell.