'Contact tracing.' It's just one of the terms that's become part of our everyday vocabulary in the past few months (like 'social distancing' and 'flattening the curve'.) But what does it mean? How does it actually work?
'It's a bit like being an investigator,' Colette Cunningham tells me in this conversation. She is a lecturer in the school of public health at University College Cork, in Ireland. She’s worked in public health for many years in many different countries, so she brings - if I'm being honest - an awesome range of experience to her work during Covid-19 crisis in Ireland.
We talk about inequalities in the impact of Covid-19 - on homeless people, asylum seekers and other vulnerable populations. About mental health consequences of the economic fallout. About bringing international expertise to bear on a public health emergency in Ireland. And having a weekend off, at last.
Colette Cunningham directs the Online Master of Public Health (MPH) course at University College Cork, in Ireland. You can find details here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/publichealth//people/estaff/ccunningham/
We spoke on Saturday May 9th, 2020.