Marketplace: Survey shows mixed feelings about contact tracing, quarantining


Americans have some discomfort over one of the main tools for fighting COVID-19: contact tracing. New polling data from the Pew Research Center finds a significant minority of people would be wary of engaging with public health officials over the phone, by text or in person, and don’t trust their personal information will be kept safe and secure. And 32% of Americans would find it somewhat to very difficult to quarantine if asked to do so by contact tracers. Among the reasons they gave? Too difficult to miss work or arrange child care. ‘Essential workers were probably more likely to fall in that category,’ said Lee Rainie from the Pew Research Center. ‘Black Americans and Hispanic Americans were somewhat more likely than white Americans.’ In the survey, Republicans, young people and those who identified as Hispanic were less likely to engage with contact tracers.” FULL STORY: