Contact tracers are the health workers tasked with the detective-like role of figuring out the spread of a disease from one person to another through the community.
To meet that need, UCI is holding a health equity contact tracing workshop series for 500-plus participants, including about 30 people from the Orange County Health Care Agency and over 150 UCI students.
The information that contact tracers need isn’t complicated: who a person was with and when, plus the timing of any symptoms.
To be truly effective, contact tracers need to work alongside people who live in areas experiencing disproportionate COVID-19 impacts.
This means that an infected person can infect other people – and those people can infect even more people – before contact tracers are even aware of the first case.