The urgency of limiting the spread of COVID-19 remains a significant challenge for many jurisdictions across Canada. The utilization of contact tracing apps is being explored as a public health tool in order to help prevent further spread of the disease by tracking those who have been confirmed or assessed as likely to be carriers of COVID-19. CADTH has prepared a briefing note that describes elements of both manual and digital contact tracing efforts; and the resources required for conducting contact tracing as well as the privacy considerations pertaining to the sharing, management, and governance of data. Other factors such as uptake, accuracy and health equity concerns, not discussed in this document, are likely to influence the effectiveness of contact tracing apps.
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