This study from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, finds that COVID-19 testing and contact tracing are beneficial among African Americans, but mistrust, COVID-19 stigma, location, and perceived costs are major barriers.
Of 62 study participants, the majority (69.4%) were female, had never been tested (62.9%), and had an associate degree or higher. None had participated in contact tracing.
Major factors negatively affecting participation were:
Across all participants, testing was considered beneficial, and they perceived that testing free of cost made people more inclined to do it.
Strategies to increase engagement should include development of a multi-level communication plan, increased access, and better testing methods, the authors say.Read More >>