Growing Animus Toward Contact Tracing Puts Local Health Officials and the Public at Risk

If a person who closed down Hollywood Blvd Saturday night, or the Bay Bridge over the weekend, how do the tracers/trackers find all those people?  Plus these folks have already shown a disregard for government, rules and the laws—think any of them would be willing to be isolated for two weeks by government?  The hiring of tracers/trackers is not for health purposes—remember they did not do that with the AIDS epidemic.  No this is about more taxes and bigger government.

“County health officials across the nation say they are encountering anger, hostility, and mistrust from the public that could upend reopening efforts and hasten the spread of coronavirus.

We’ve already seen this phenomenon play out with health officers like Orange County’s Dr. Nichole Quick and Ohio’s Dr. Amy Acton. Both resigned amid rising pressure—even physical threats—from members of the public. Quick and Acton were targeted over face masks and stay-at-home orders. But as states reopen, local officials are encountering the same hostility against contact tracing too.

Okanogan, Washington Community Health Director Lauri Jones had to get security cameras installed at her home after threats against her began circulating online. They were kicked off by her attempt to contact a coronavirus patient and advise them to self-isolate for 14 days per CDC guidelines.

In this climate you would need a police officer to go with each tracer/tracker—but that could be construed as being racist—plus cops are quitting.  Send a social worker with each privacy invader—see how long that lasts.  This is just another pretend effort to make believe government is doing something.

Growing Animus Toward Contact Tracing Puts Local Health Officials and the Public at Risk

California County News, 06/15/2020  

County health officials across the nation say they are encountering anger, hostility, and mistrust from the public that could upend reopening efforts and hasten the spread of coronavirus.

We’ve already seen this phenomenon play out with health officers like Orange County’s Dr. Nichole Quick and Ohio’s Dr. Amy Acton. Both resigned amid rising pressure—even physical threats—from members of the public. Quick and Acton were targeted over face masks and stay-at-home orders. But as states reopen, local officials are encountering the same hostility against contact tracing too.

Okanogan, Washington Community Health Director Lauri Jones had to get security cameras installed at her home after threats against her began circulating online. They were kicked off by her attempt to contact a coronavirus patient and advise them to self-isolate for 14 days per CDC guidelines.

“The accusations started flying, that we were spying [on that family], that we had put them under house arrest,” Jones told NPR. “It got totally twisted and people thought we violated their civil liberties.”

Theresa Anselmo, Executive Director of the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, said 70% of her members have received threats and several local health directors in the state have resigned.

Contact tracing efforts will increase as states fully reopen. Experts say those efforts are key to returning to some sense of normalcy. With social media, conspiracy theorists, and some right wing news outlets fanning the flames, health officials worry the mistrust and hostility could get much worse. If it gets bad enough, those tasked with preventing the spread of the virus could lose one of their strongest tools.

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Comments

  1. William Hicks says

    The rules only apply to those who are willing to accept them. Foolish unconstitutional edicts by ego-maniac’s are hard to take seriously.

  2. Otis Needleman says

    No. Just, no. NO cooperation with “contact tracers”. Nothing they can do if you don’t answer the phone or the door. “They” brought all this on themselves. “They” can no longer be trusted and no longer have any credibility. NFG.

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