Contact tracing has become one of the many ways that the U.S. government is fighting the spread of the coronavirus. Contract tracers help people who have an illness, like the coronavirus, track down who they came in contact with, notify those people, and facilitate health resources to them.
The U.S. government expects to need 15 contract tracers per 100,000 people. In areas with coronavirus outbreaks, experts suspect that they’ll need double the amount. To help fill the gap, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health created an online course for contract tracers.
“The motivation for doing the course is to be able to provide a good, solid, basic training for the workforce that needs to scale up very rapidly,” Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, a physician at the Johns Hopkins public health school, told the Washington Post. “… This is about people working with humanity to stop the spread of the virus. This isn’t an activity of a cold, unfeeling bureaucracy. This is how we roll up our sleeves and protect each other.”
In the course, which takes approximately five hours to complete, people will receive basic training for the position, like interview techniques, medical ethics, and virology. The course will be free and available to everyone online.