COVID Contact Tracing -Seminar

Semiar, Online, Length – 50 Hours

Medical experts expect a minimum of over 300,000 Contact Tracing personnel will be required in the first stage and will continue to be part of the employment landscape as the World’s “New Normal.” Contact Tracing field workers will be continually in demand as Local, County, State, National and International as Public Health Standards will continue to scale upwards during the next 5 years.

This seminar introduces emerging respiratory viruses, including novel corona viruses. The nature of emerging respiratory viruses, how to detect and assess an outbreak, strategies for preventing and controlling outbreaks due to novel respiratory viruses. The seminar also highlights various strategies that should be used to communicate risk and engage communities to detect, prevent, and accurately report and respond to the emergence of New Novel Respiratory Viruses.

Topic 1: Respiratory Viruses: Origin and Treatment (15 hours)

Participants will learn respiratory viruses, their emergence, spread, and effective methods of response by health agencies and individuals. Identifying various respiratory viruses by world sectors and the likelihood of conditions that are prevalent for the inception of virus contagion. They will learn the official disease name established for each virus after material creation. Participants will able to explain why emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, are a global threat to human health.

Topic 2: Detecting Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: Surveillance and Laboratory investigation (15 hours)   

Participants will learn public health field methods for detection, prevention, response and control. How the interaction of human-to-human transmission acts as a requirement for large-scale spread of the viruses. How the severity of disease is an important indirect factor in a virus’s ability to spread, as well as in our ability to identify those infected and to contain. Study the relationship that holds true whether an outbreak results from a single spillover event (SARS-CoV) or from repeated crossing of the species barrier (MERS-CoV).

Topic 3. Preventing and Responding to an emerging respiratory virus, including COVID-19 (20 hours)  

Participants become aware of what is involved in patient care activities in a healthcare setting. The topic aims to show the type of personal protective equipment or PPE needed to correctly protect oneself. Based on the current available evidence, the WHO recommended PPE for the care of COVID patients are CONTACT and DROPLET precautions, with the exception of aerosol producing procedures, which require CONTACT and AIRBORNE (hence, a respirator mask such as N95, FFP2, FFP3). Keeping in mind, PPE is part of a larger infection prevention and control bundle of measures and should be implemented as part of a multimodal strategy of management of COVID-19 patients. Only clinical staffs that are trained and competent in the use of PPE are allowed to provide patient care.