Looking for a Job-Be a COVID-19 Contact Tracer

06/15/2020 10:40 AM | Anonymous

In the past, contact tracers have been used to help slow the spread of many infectious diseases like tuberculosis, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.   The core of contact tracing, is to try to workers are  identify people who have been exposed to someone who is infectious and  let them know so that they can change their behavior and not unknowingly or inadvertently infect anybody else.

In the case of Covid-19, contact tracers will be used to reach out to individuals who have tested positive for the virus. Because people with Covid-19 often don’t show immediate symptoms and may not know they have the illness until they receive an official diagnosis, contact tracers will help the infected person remember and identify the people they have been in close contact with during their diagnosis period and the two days leading up to it.  A new Coursera class ,developed by the Johns Hopkins  Bloomberg School of Public Health is now available to train contact tracers on the principles of the public health strategy many consider critical for slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The free six-hour course is open to anyone

The contact tracing course is divided into five sections or "modules," covering:
  1. Basic information on the virus and COVID-19, including symptoms of infection and how the virus is transmitted
  2. Fundamentals of contact tracing, such as how to define a case, identify their contacts, and calculate how long a contact should isolate;
  3. Steps involved in investigating cases and tracing their contacts, including simulated scenes performed by professional actors who illustrate potential interactions that tracers may experience with infected individuals and their contacts
  4. Ethics of contact tracing, including balancing privacy and public health considerations, and examples of basic technology tools that can facilitate contact tracing, such as using text messaging for check-ins and reminders;
  5. Skills for effective communications in the tracing process, such as what it means to be an "active listener" and how to deal with common challenges that arise when investigating cases.

Click here for more information on the Course.

Click here to find contact tracer jobs near you or contact your state health department.

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