Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the strain of coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and we are all having to quickly learn more about how to mitigate its impact. So when John Hopkins University announced they had launched a Covid-19 contact tracing course, I jumped at the chance to take part.
About the John Hopkins University Covid-19 contact tracing course
Below is an introduction to the course.
The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent. In this introductory course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2, including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, and the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention.
Students will learn about how contact tracing is done, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities. The course will also cover several important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Finally, the course will identify some of the most common barriers to contact tracing efforts – along with strategies to overcome them.
I am now more informed
All of us have a shared responsibility to reduce the harmful impact SARS-CoV-2 and what better way to start, than by gaining a deeper understanding of this disease through the lens of a contact tracer. Course details can be found here.