Operational considerations for adapting a contact tracing program to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in non-U.S. settings
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Operational considerations for adapting a contact tracing program to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in non-U.S. settings

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      Updated Sept. 22, 2021 Contact tracing, including case and source investigation, is a key component of controlling transmission of infectious diseases. Contact tracing for the current COVID-19 pandemic, however, is distinct from that undertaken for other diseases (e.g., Ebola, HIV, TB) because in nearly all countries the number of cases and contacts has outpaced the capacity of the public health system to quickly notify and quarantine all contacts and isolate all cases. Contact tracing works to help contain an outbreak when integrated into a robust response that includes isolation of cases and testing and implementation of community mitigation measures (including but not limited to maintaining physical distancing in public places, limiting outings, avoiding large gatherings, wearing face masks, washing hands often, and cleaning high-touch surfaces routinely).
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      Document Rationale -- Key Terms -- Workforce Adaptations -- Use of Community Health Workers in Contact Tracing -- Epidemiologic Adaptations -- System Adaptations -- Financial, Logistical, and Operational Adaptations -- Balancing Adaptations -- Monitoring and Evaluation -- Additional Resources -- References.
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