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Contact tracing helps governments and health officials to identify, inform, assess, and monitor people that have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. It offers a way to track down people that may have been exposed to the virus and keep them from potentially infecting others
Fremont, CA: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been immense across all sectors of business. Nearly six months after the virus brought global life to a standstill, businesses are slowly reopening to save the crumbling economy. Food businesses in many regions are trying to reopen stores and welcome customers in an attempt to restore normalcy. However, there are several new rules and regulations that need to be followed by store owners to reopen business. Enforcing social distancing measures, regular cleaning and sanitization, and maintaining strict capacity limits are just a few of the measures that need to be taken to ensure a smooth transition of reopening.
However, reopening stores involves considerable risks and government agencies are working hard to identify new and efficient ways to keep the business, customers, and staff safe. Contact tracing is one such method that food businesses can take to go a step further in preventing the spread of the virus. Contact tracing helps governments and health officials to identify, inform, assess, and monitor people that have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. It offers a way to track down people that may have been exposed to the virus and keep them from potentially infecting others. Contact tracing is also essential for establishing a clear link between patients and identifying the initial source of the virus in a region.
Currently there are a few third party applications in the market that can be used for contact tracing. Food businesses need to be encouraged to engage in contact tracing practicing within their premises. This will help the business assist with informing and protecting those who may have been exposed to the disease within the establishment. The rules and regulations for contact tracing can vary from one region to another. Businesses need to contact local health authorities to find more information on contact tracing regulations and how to conduct contact tracing in an adequate manner. Generally, contact tracing needs to be followed up to 30 days, but this can vary depending on the local government body and health services.
Before engaging in contact tracing, it is important to know what measures need to be taken to conduct contact tracing and which authority should be contacted in case of a possible exposure to the virus. According to the World Health Organization, contact tracing becomes necessary when a person has been within one meter distance of a COVID-19 positive patient, for more than fifteen minutes, or if anyone has had direct contact with a positive patient.
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