According to official reports, on April 30, 2020, South Korea reported no domestic case related to COVID-19. This is a major milestone for South Korea because the country was reporting a total of 1,000 cases every day. The country’s trajectory is an important point that proves the effectiveness of Contact tracers. Contact tracing is proving to cure Coronavirus by finding out all infected people.
Because of this many countries are busy recruiting people for contact tracing. Cities like New York are experiencing a downsize in the number of Coronavirus patients. However, the state is hurrying to recruit massive amounts of contact tracers which according to experts are a necessity to face COVID-19.
.@JohnsHopkins will develop a world-class online curriculum with a training program & online exam.
To qualify as a tracer you must pass the exam.
We will create a comprehensive playbook for contact tracing that will be available as a resource for any state or city in need.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 30, 2020
What is Contact Tracing?
Contact tracing is not a new concept. It is a method used for centuries in order to detect the spread of any infectious disease. In the 1800s, contact tracing helped eradicate cholera from London. This was due to the identification of the source of the disease. The National Association of County and City Health Officials released a document to help understand how to contact tracers can help kill Coronavirus.
However, going forward will require improved testing and tracing procedures. The main part of the job is to talk to people on the phone, question them, and also answer a majority of those questions.
Following are the steps necessary to become a contact tracer:
- You need to identify a person who might have Coronavirus.
- Use a structured conversation to identify the person’s epidemiologically relevant contacts. This would be people they’ve had close contact with — like coworkers, people they live with, and people who have been less than six feet from for more than a few minutes.
- Reach and communicate with each of those contacts to provide information, resources (including testing), and guidance about preventing transmission.
- Keep in touch with each contact to monitor symptoms until they receive a negative test result or the quarantine time frame passes.
- Work with contacts to identify their own relevant contacts, tracing the second generation of contacts.
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.