According to White House Health Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, contact tracing isn't going as well as it first was hoped to. Despite contact tracing technology being able to successfully track where those infected with the virus a may have caught it from, the technology is being under utilized in populous cities such as San Francisco and New York. Furthermore, because the technology isn't being used to its full potential it cannot catch up to the amount of cases we're seeing today.
While many contact tracing applications and technologies are easily available, privacy is one of the main concerns regarding a potential solution to fighting off the COVID-19 pandemic. So, the question becomes is there a way to minimize security risk and breach of privacy while using contact tracing technologies to fight off COVID-19? The answer isn't clear right now, but perhaps a combination of synthetic data and contact tracing could lead us in the right direction. By altering more sensitive information and creating synthetic data based on real contact tracing technology findings, we may have a shot to reach a happy medium between contact tracing application usage and letting users enjoy their privacy.