University of Calgary medical students quadruple province’s COVID-19 contact-tracing capacity

A health-care worker is pictured working a COVID-19 testing site in Vancouver.
Source: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

Date Published: March 25, 2020

Source: CBC

Contact-tracing has worked in slowing community spread of COVID-19 in other countries (e.g South Korea and Singapore). This approach functions by connecting with all individuals a case had contact with while they were infectious and could spread the illness. Connecting with contacts identifies those who are less ill, so they can take actions to protect their family and friends, and those who are sick, enabling faster access to medical care. Since the increase of COVID-19 cases in mid-March, a need to increase Alberta’s contact-tracing capacity was clear. Medical students from University of Calgary were trained to contact Albertans who came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Resources developed in Calgary for this initiative are being shared throughout Canada and could be expanded to other healthcare workers.

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Summary by: Jayoti Rana