Covid-19: Better contact tracing could help save lives and the economy

WOOLLISCROFT, Timothy, KELLY, Shona, RAMIREZ, Paulina, HARRIS, Janet, HELLER, Tom and REDGRAVE, Paul (2020). Covid-19: Better contact tracing could help save lives and the economy. The BMJ Opinion.

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    Abstract

    The rates of daily infections are rising significantly. In order to save lives and to keep the UK economy open, improvements to the UK contact tracing system are urgently needed. Woolliscroft et al. outlined how the UK contact tracing system could be improved. Detailed evaluation of the Sheffield based community contact tracing pilot project offers additional insights. [1,2] An independent group of mainly retired NHS staff called Sheffield Community Contact Tracers (SCCT) conducted a pilot contact tracing project from April to May 2020 before the national system was introduced. The project was assessed to determine the feasibility and impact of a volunteer staffed community contact tracing approach. The assessment found that contact tracing was enhanced by: trust, local knowledge, interviewer skills and expertise, cooperation from employers, and contact in a timely manner.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Publication relates to a wider evaluation project, more detail is found here - https://www.communitycontacttracers.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/CCT-Volunteer-Evaluation-TW-Final.docx.pdf
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid19; Contact Tracing; Evaluation; Community; Health; 1103 Clinical Sciences; 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2020 09:30
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 21:46
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27474

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