Contact tracing involves identifying people who have been in contact with an infected person during the window of contagion. It also involves warning them of their exposure, supporting isolation efforts and connecting those with symptoms with medical care. As the United States opens back up, contact tracing is a central measure to monitoring and controlling the spread of the virus.
Testing & Safety Measures
Am I infected?
As we re-enter society, COVID-19 testing plays an important role in helping to control the spread of the virus. Testing can also help identify regions that are experiencing rises in cases so measures can be taken to help keep people safe. Speak to your employer about testing and contact your state or local health departments or your healthcare provider to learn about available COVID-19 tests. Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. The CDC advises that those with symptoms as well as healthcare workers and first responders are priorities for testing. CDC states that “decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians.”
Many COVID-19 screening tests were rapidly approved and rolled out for emergency use. The testing is being utilized increasingly, however the testing accuracy varies at the present time. Experts urge more robust research to produce evidence of the tests’ accuracy.
Researchers at MIT propose pool testing as a possible method of containing COVID-19 and safely reopening.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced plans to increase daily testing capabilities in the United States to enable approximately 6 million daily tests in the United States by December 2020.
Was I infected?
A serological test is a blood test that looks for antibodies to help determine if you have already been infected with COVID-19. At this time it is unknown whether antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection can protect you from getting infected again with COVID-19.