Public health experts say tracing the close contacts of people infected with the coronavirus and getting them all into quarantine is crucial to stopping the pandemic. That’s easier said than done.
Full story of excerpts below at Source: >After COVID-19 Contact Tracing Comes Quarantine. Here’s How That Works : Shots – Health News : NPR
“Contact tracing: What it looks like: Within 24 hours of a positive test, contact tracers reach out to a patient, then trace back two days before symptoms first appeared. They use calendars, social media — anything that can jog a memory. They gather phone numbers, email and physical addresses to track down contacts.
“All of that can take hours. Although each person identified typically has seven or eight contacts, they also can have as many as 100. Co-investigators then interview those contacts to see if they have symptoms and need to be tested.
“Tracers also tell each person contacted whether they need to go into isolation (when they have tested positive for the virus or they have COVID-19 symptoms) or quarantine (if they have merely had prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive).
“Investigators work to build trust and educate patients on why they need to cooperate. If that doesn’t work, contact tracers may try another approach to help a patient understand why their assistance is needed.
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