An investigation into the effectiveness of the test and trace system for the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic within the UK

O'Hagan, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5361-8320 and Westerman, B.L., 2021. An investigation into the effectiveness of the test and trace system for the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic within the UK. Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal, 9 (2), pp. 74-82. ISSN 2469-2794

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The investigation of the UK Test and Trace system illustrated that policies enforced were not sufficient to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the UK. Some of the shortcomings included the app, the introduction to curfews and policies in hospitality sector, the methods of reporting COVID related deaths, restriction of movements across the border and adherence from the public. Other countries such as Japan and New Zealand implemented effective contact tracing systems due to the promotion of contact tracing and adherence to the policies created. These countries also had more preventive measures in place such as reducing attendees at school and enforcing the use of contact tracing for all industries. The Netherlands could also use more preventative measure to reduce cases, since there was a similar number of cases to the UK per 1 million in the population, however the mortality rate in the UK is double that of the Netherlands. To determine why, more research into pre-existing health conditions and obesity would need to be conducted to provide evidence into whether these factors effect mortality rates in SARS-CoV-2 cases. Research into other countries contact tracing systems can provide more possibilities for improvement.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal
Creators: O'Hagan, A. and Westerman, B.L.
Publisher: MedCrave Group
Date: 28 September 2021
Volume: 9
Number: 2
ISSN: 2469-2794
Rights: Copyright: ©2021 O’Hagan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and build upon your work non-commercially.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Oct 2021 14:59
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2021 14:59

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