What is contact tracing?
Contact tracing is a public health tool that is used to identify individuals who may have been exposed to an infectious disease. Once identified, exposed individuals are separated from the rest of the population to prevent the further spread of infection to others. The primary objective of contact tracing is to cut short chains of transmission. Through interviews with infected individuals and their contacts, public health officials may also develop a better understanding of the disease is spreading. Contact Tracing explained video.
How is contact tracing accomplished at UT Health Austin?
At UT Health Austin, trained interviewers call COVID-19 individuals to understand who they may have come into close contact with while infectious. Contact tracers will call these individuals to notify them of the exposure, review isolation, make quarantine recommendations, facilitate access to testing, and if needed, provide information about additional community resources.