Importance of Contact Tracing

April 20, 2020
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Once the stay at home order is lifted and we are allowed to go back to work. It is time to start thinking of the reality that Coronavirus may be a recurring community issue. It is detrimental that we adapt to help prevent viral outbreaks, especially in the workplace. Implementing the practice of Contact Tracing will be extremely beneficial as new responsibility in employee health and wellness practice.

What is contact tracing 

According to the World Health Organization, contact tracing is:  

People in close contact with someone who is infected with a virus, such as the Ebola virus, are at higher risk of becoming infected themselves, and of potentially further infecting others.

Closely watching these contacts after exposure to an infected person will encourage exposed individuals to seek care and treatment, and will prevent further transmission of the virus.
Once identified they will need to notify all who have may have come in contact with them. Having a tool like a visitor management system can allow you to see who was in the office which can allow you to help contact trace. As well as many companies are working on coming out with a solution to check out this article about contact tracing through Android and Apple devices   

Why is this important?

According to the World Health organization, Coronavirus particles can last up to several hours to several days on different surface media.  Identifying people who have shared spaces with confirmed cases, who may be unknowingly infected, will allow extra precautionary vigilance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As said by Benjamin Franklin, An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

You never know what is going to happen, it is best to prepare for anything. But don’t feel discouraged. With practices like contact tracing, we call work together to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  CSA 360 can help you be prepared! Check out how visitor management software is your first line of defense

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