The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued preliminary guidance for the development of forthcoming contact tracing apps that can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The guidance defines minimum and preferred characteristics of digital contact tracing tools “to help health departments overcome one or more obstacles in the COVID-19 contact tracing workflow.”

CDC said it based this resource on preliminary research and targeted discussions with contact tracing and informatics experts across county, state and federal government and other stakeholders in the areas of case management and proximity tracking.

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