The very idea of contact tracing has long since become an absurdity. And it’s a particular absurdity in New York City where social distancing has collapsed as crowds flock to bars, and parks, and massive protests. But you can’t keep a bad prog government from pursuing its bad ideas. Contact tracing is on the agenda and it must go forward, if only to spend all that warm money burning a hole in their political pockets.
But don’t ask about the war or BLM riots.
The hundreds of contact tracing workers hired by the city under de Blasio’s new “test and trace” campaign have been instructed not to ask anyone who’s tested positive for COVID-19 whether they recently attended a demonstration, City Hall confirmed to THE CITY.
“No person will be asked proactively if they attended a protest,” Avery Cohen, a spokesperson for de Blasio, wrote in an emailed response to questions by THE CITY.
Instead, test-and-trace workers ask COVID-positive individuals general questions to help them “recall ‘contacts’ and individuals they may have exposed,” Cohen said. Among the initial questions: “Do you live with anyone in your home?”
Tracers then ask about “close contacts” — defined as being within six feet of another person for at least 10 minutes.
Like being jammed next to them at a rally.
But this farce must continue. Lefties have falsely claimed that racism is a public health crisis and one that supersedes that virus which resulted in people being turned into prisoners and isolated from their loved ones. That means the obvious contradictions can’t be exposed.