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Dr. Tom Frieden, Op-Ed, New York Times: Lockdown Is a Blunt Tool. We Have a Sharper One.

May 5, 2020

“We’ve been dealt a bad hand with the coronavirus pandemic. Until we have a vaccine or effective treatment, we have limited tools to fight it. Closing large segments of our society and having people shelter at home is a blunt tool that works, but it inflicts severe hardship on individuals and the economy,” write Tom Frieden and Kelly Henning, Director of Public Health at Bloomberg Philanthropies.

“We have a sharper tool, the four-cornered Box It In strategy, to stop chains of transmission by widespread testing, isolation of cases, contact tracing and quarantine of contacts…”In this recent op-ed, Frieden and Henning argue that contact tracing is an essential component of the response to COVID-19 and provide a point-by-point strategy for its implementation.  

Read the entire op-ed at:

About Tom Frieden

Dr. Tom Frieden is the President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies. Dr. Frieden served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Commissioner of the New York City Health Department. His work made New York City’s tuberculosis control program and overall health department models for the world, established effective programs in India, and improved morale, effectiveness, and impact at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Tom Frieden’s influential publications have identified the what, how and why of action to improve health. To find out more visit www.DrTomFrieden.netor Twitter @DrTomFrieden.

About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible. To find out more, please visit www.vitalstrategies.orgor Twitter @VitalStrat.

About Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives is determined to prevent millions of deaths from cardiovascular disease and epidemics, with a focus on accelerating action through speed, simplicity, and scale in low- and middle-income countries. Resolve to Save Lives is an initiative of the global public health organization Vital Strategies. We received $225 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gates Philanthropy Partners, which is funded with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation. For more information on Resolve to Save Lives’ work, please visit or Twitter @ResolveTSL.

About the Bloomberg Philanthropies Coronavirus Global Response Initiative 

The $40 million Bloomberg Philanthropies Coronavirus Global Response Initiative was announced on March 17. It partners with Resolve to Save Lives, Vital Strategies, and the World Health Organization, to help lower-income countries and cities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Global Response Initiative joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Coronavirus Local Response Initiative, which is focusing on convening American mayors to receive the most up-to-date information on the virus from experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.