COVID-19 What's Next? (Ep. 22) – Contact Tracing Apps

In episode 22, Vivek Goel – a renowned public health expert and founding head of Public Health Ontario, which was set up in response to the 2003 SARS outbreak – explains how contact tracing apps work, their uses and concerns surrounding them.

COVID-19: What’s Next? is a bi-weekly podcast created by Goel in collaboration with a University of Toronto Communications team led by producer Lisa Lightbourn.

Note: The information in this podcast is current as of the posting date. Listeners should consult their local public health agency for the latest information in their jurisdiction.

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  1. Tracking and tracing are very necessary in this pandemic, and I do believe the governments are doing why they can to respect privacy of everyone. It's not time to be self-righteous and selfish, about who knows where you've been. What in the world do u have to hide anyways? It's time to take serious action, to diminish cases even further than we already have, to make the country more safe for EVERYONE living in it, as we try to establish some sort of normalcy. Drastic situations call for drastic measures…

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