Need an Expert? COVID-19: contact tracing

Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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Members of the media may directly contact the following experts: 

Karen Eltis (English and French)
Associate professor, Faculty of Law 

“The idea of tracing infected individuals is "attractive in the short term", but the risks of slippage are great, especially in these exceptional times.”

“There are no bad intentions. There are good intentions, as far as I can see. The difficulty with technology is that the consequences are always unintended.”

“The illusory character of consent in the digital age is also important. This is often premised on "consent" but this legal scaffolding is thrown into question in the digital age.”

Members of the media may also directly contact the following expert:

Dr. Raywat Deonandan (English only)
Epidemiologist and Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

“The reopening of the economy must be done in a staged manner that is reflective of the best scientific evidence available. With each restriction relaxed, time and effort should be taken to appraise the case data to determine what, if any, effect it has on the epidemic. Only then can we know which steps are truly low risk. As well, any return to pseudo-normalcy must be accompanied by a renewed capacity for overwhelming public health oversight in testing and contact tracing.”
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