Contract Tracers Needed to Work from Home-Free Training

05/12/2020 3:26 PM | Anonymous

State and county health departments are looking for contact tracers to track and halt the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.  Experts estimate that at least 15 tracers will be needed per 100,000 Americans.  Creating this army of trained contract tracers is bigger than any assembled in U.S. history.   

Contact tracers notify possibly infected individuals and map their exposures to other people and provide a link between the public health system and communities.  They are part detective, part therapist, and part social worker,skills held by many Red Cross retirees.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health unveiled a course on the online platform Coursera to teach Americans the fundamentals of contact tracing.  The course provides a good, solid, basic training to quickly scale up for a workforce.  Privacy, medical ethics, virology and interview techniques are included in the six-hour package. The course is available free of charge to the public — you can take it here.

Read more at The Washington Post


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