How coronavirus contact tracing on the cheap bit the UK
An Excel spreadsheet may be excellent for tracking your personal finances or recording the office footy-tipping results, but would you trust it with the integrity of a national COVID-19 contact-tracing system?
Probably not. But this is reportedly what the UK did with disastrous results.
In October, the BBC reported that 16,000 people with COVID-19 had not been followed up for contact tracing over the course of a week.
The reason was that their details were being recorded in the old Excel file format, XLS.