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Harvard bound Eshaan Vakil on COVID tracing

As the nation struggles with the resurgence of COVID-19, robust contact tracing could help alleviate much of the strain on our already-burdened health care systems. However, we have a massive shortfall in the number of available contact tracers.

Contact tracing — identifying people who have been exposed to people with COVID-19 and asking them to self-isolate — has shown its effectiveness, helping to eradicate the disease from New Zealand and other places.

Eshaan Vakil

In the Mountain West region, we can no longer afford to fight the pandemic with one hand tied behind our backs. In Nevada’s special legislative session, lawmakers should consider exploring new avenues of contact tracing, especially allowing youth volunteers to supplement our contact tracing phone banks. Thankfully, the Interim Finance Committee recently authorized the expenditure of $96 million of federal funds “for contact tracing and expanded laboratory testing.”

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