Course 4: An Overview of Contact Tracing

Course 4: An Overview of Contact Tracing

The goal of this course is to help community-based health workers become familiar with the process and skills involved in contact tracing. In this course, we will cover the purpose of contact tracing, which involves identifying, assessing, and managing people who have been exposed to COVID-19 to prevent its transmission. We will cover the steps involved, including how to assess your contacts’ level of risk and how to provide them with the support they need.

Learning Objectives

1) Describe contact tracing and its relevance in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. 

2) Explain the five central steps for conducting contact tracing, including:

  • Identifying individuals that meet the case definition to warrant tracing; 
  • Introducing yourself and notifying contacts of their exposure to COVID-19;
  • Interviewing the contact on their interactions and symptoms;
  • Explaining quarantine and isolation guidelines;
  • And following up with contacts for at least two weeks and referring them to support services as necessary. 

3) Practice helpful and effective communication techniques for engaging contacts.

4) Identify high-risk scenarios and how to properly refer contacts who may be considered “high risk” for a variety of biological and/or environmental reasons.

5) Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of contact tracing technologies. 

6) Analyze the privacy and ethical concerns of contact tracing technologies. 


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