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Published in Am J Infect Control, May 2022
Authors: Chioma Kas-Osoka, Jamal Moss, Leah Alexander, Jamaine Davis, Imari Parham, Iman Barre, Jennifer Cunningham-Erves
We conducted semi-structured interviews to explore views towards contact tracing and testing among 62 African Americans. Based on our findings, participants identified COVID-19 testing and contact tracing as beneficial, yet medical and governmental mistrust, stigma associated with SARS-CoV-2, lack of access, poor communication, and costs as major barriers. This study also highlights intervention targets to improve COVID-testing and contact tracing.