What’s contact tracing, and the way does it work with covid-19?
The purpose of contact tracing is to alert individuals who could have been uncovered to somebody with the coronavirus, and stop them from spreading it to others. Well being consultants say contact tracing is vital to containing the virus and permitting locations to reopen extra safely.
However the course of is not straightforward.
After an individual checks optimistic for the virus, a contact tracer would get in contact with the individual and try to find out the place they’ve been and who they had been round.
The main target is on shut contacts, or individuals who had been inside 6 toes of the contaminated individual for no less than 10 minutes or so. These folks would then be requested to self-isolate, monitor themselves for signs and get examined if wanted.
For these displaying signs, the tracing course of would begin over again.
Contact tracing is finished in quite a lot of methods world wide. However a standard concern is that figuring out who an individual has been round can get tougher as gatherings with family and friends resume, and as bars, eating places and different locations begin reopening.
Well being officers might additionally change into overwhelmed with circumstances. Within the U.S. for instance, native well being departments could depend on automated texts to alert individuals who could have been uncovered to an contaminated individual. Well being officers want to name folks if doable as a result of it will possibly assist construct belief. However some folks by no means return calls or texts.
There’s additionally stress to behave shortly. Ideally, most of an individual’s contacts could be alerted inside a day.