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Las week we were proud to announce that we’ll be partnering with Mayor’s Office and the Health Department to hire 1,000 contact tracers to contribute to NYC’s COVID-19 response. As we start to look ahead to what our new realities might be, we continue to learn more about the coronavirus and its impact.

Why the Coronavirus is So Confusing

The problem of the coronavirus has become almost too big to comprehend. The scale and pace of the pandemic has made it challenging to have a clear sense of exactly what we’re facing, even months in. [via The Atlantic]

What the Coronavirus Reveals about American Medicine

As COVID-19 puts our systems under immense strain, we are continuing to see the challenges with our existing medical system, and dream about how we might improve it. [via The New Yorker]

Public Health Labs Suffered Budget Cuts Prior to COVID-19

Labs in at least 10 states have been forced to deal with challenges that include budget reductions, staffing cuts, high turnover, lab closures and funding delays for equipment. [via NPR]

Here’s What Contact Tracing Will Likely Look Like in NYC

Contact tracing follows four basic stages. Identify cases. Interview those who are ill. Contact people who might have been exposed. Communicate and share important information. [via City Limits]

Always The Bridesmaid, Public Health Rarely Spotlighted Until It’s Too Late

The U.S. is in the midst of both a public health crisis and a health care crisis. Yet most people aren’t aware these are two distinct things. And the response for each is going to be crucial. [via NPR]

Contact Tracing, Explained

The U.S. will need tens of thousands of contact tracers, also known as “disease detectives,” to track and manage COVID-19 cases and allow us to safely reopen the country. [via Vox]

FPHNYC is hiring 1,000 contact tracers to support the COVID-19 response. If you’re interested in joining our team, please visit our Careers page.