KYW Medical Report: Best way to conduct contact tracing

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By KYW Newsradio 1060

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the country beefs up contact tracing, there are rules in place to make the tracing as efficient as possible.

The CDC recommends rapid contact tracing for newly infected people to prevent a major outbreak. This is when public health officials can greatly help.

The public health team should retrace the steps of people who have received positive diagnoses starting two days before the onset of symptoms or the diagnoses.

Their recommendation is that those who had close contact with infected people should be instructed to quarantine away from others for two weeks.

These recommendations are more important than ever as the number of cases and hospitalizations climb in the country.