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We've been preparing tools and resources to support the medical community as well as decision makers, technologists, and other stakeholders to help understand, manage, and respond to COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing: Considerations for Using Digital Technologies
Co-published by B.Next and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), this guide aims to help health officials think through critical functionalities needed for case investigations and contact tracing, technological options, and issues of implementation in adopting these technologies. It also addresses the latest topic of focus: the Apple/Google exposure notification application programming interface. The background and key considerations included are intended to inform decision-making for technology-enabled enhancement of case investigation and contact tracing capacity.
Be a Hero: Wear a Mask
B.Next colleagues, Joseph Buccina and Dan Hanfling, M.D., urge the general public for greater adherence to mask wearing – among social distancing and hand washing – as critical steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and encourages the U.S. Government to re-evaluate the development, production, and distribution of masks (and other personal protective equipment) to ensure their availability while reducing the country’s dependence on foreign suppliers in the likely event of a future outbreak.
What We're Reading
Academic, private, and government institutions all produce meaningful research on an ongoing basis. Here are a few articles, books, and websites that capture some important perspectives on biodefense.