a public health measure undertaken to slow and eventually halt the spread of a disease that is transmitted person-to-person, in which people who have come in close proximity to or direct contact with an infected person are identified and monitored for signs of infection. These individuals, along with any of their contacts who manifest symptoms, are generally required to isolate themselves long enough to be treated, if necessary, before they can infect others.Rigorous contact tracing accompanied by widespread testing has proven effective in reducing deaths during an epidemic.
- con·tact trace, verb (used with or without object)
- con·tact trac·er, noun
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How to use contact tracing in a sentence
Then, Kevin Durant vented about the league’s contact tracing protocol, which sidelined him for the second time this season and saw him pulled from the court during the middle of a game.The NBA’s week of controversies show how hard life is outside of the bubble | Ben Golliver | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Players can end up on the list because of positive tests, symptoms, contact tracing or travel quarantines.NHL adds game-day rapid testing to coronavirus protocols | Samantha Pell | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The knowledge can help with contact tracing, should that be necessary.
Players can be put on the list for multiple reasons, including if they had a positive test, are in contact tracing or are symptomatic.The Caps are dealing with an unexpected break. They hope to use it to recover and reset. | Samantha Pell | February 10, 2021 | Washington Post
Following an immediate contact tracing effort, a second member of Buttigieg’s security detail was also deemed a “close contact,” according to Schiller’s statement, but no one else fit that category.Buttigieg to quarantine for 14 days after security agent tests positive for coronavirus | Michael Laris | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
But actually, contact tracing is the core principle of all public-health endeavors.
In other words, contact tracing with appropriate surveillance of those at risk has worked exactly according to plan.
The core of that, the way to stop Ebola in its tracks is contact tracing, and follow-up.
“contact tracing” sounds like something that would excite only the grimmest of health-care operations implementation scientists.
And because of contact tracing, Dallas and the greater U.S. remain safe.