5 things you need to know about COVID contact trac
5 things you need to know about COVID contact tracers, including how to be one - Bham Now
That dark color across most of the state means case numbers are high. Graphic via Alabama Department of Public Health As numbers of COVID-19 cases in and
That dark color across most of the state means case numbers are high. Graphic via Alabama Department of Public Health As numbers of COVID-19 cases in and around Birmingham continue to rise, well probably all hear more about contact tracing. Contact tracers are part of the public health network designed to help stop chains of disease transmission. Find out why this matters and what to do if youd like to become one. 1. A contact tracer is part detective, part counselor Photo via Ali Hajian on Unsplash A contact tracer, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is part detective, part counselor, and plays a vital role in helping to slow transmission of infectious diseases (in this case COVID-19). First, they talk with the person whos been infected and find out who theyve been in close contact with while they have likely been infectious. Thats the detective part. The counselor part is where they reach out to the people who may have been exposed to let them know. Privacy matters, so know that if you get a call from a contact tracer, they wont reveal anyone’s identity. What they will do is help you evaluate your level of risk and determine your best next steps (e.g. self-isolation, testing, etc.). 2. Contact tracers help stop the chain of infection If you are a contact, meaning youre one of the people whos been in close contact with someone whos been infected, youll be encouraged to stay home and social distance so you dont spread it to others. You remember that cool video of the matches from back when we were trying to #flattenthecurve for a minute. Now, the goal is risk reduction. Just like condoms help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, social isolation can definitely help keep an infected person from passing COVID-19 on to others. 3. Ideally, contact tracers are skilled professionals Keeping track of all the contacts. Photo via National Cancer Institute on Unsplash According to the CDC, contact tracers need specialized skills. Some of these include:
- understanding patient confidentiality
- understanding the medical side of the illness and its spread
- excellent interpersonal, cultural sensitivity and interviewing skills
- crisis counseling + referral skills
- cultural competency
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DOLE prepares for repatriation of OFWs who died of COVID-19 from Saudi - UNTV News - UNTV News
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday said it is now preparing for the repatriation of the bodies of Filipino workers who succumbed to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and other causes in several regions of Saudi Arabia.
MANILA, Philippines Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has reminded overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and locally-stranded individuals (LSI) returning to the city to comply with the mandatory 14-day quarantine and for their families to keep physical distance to avoid getting infected with novel coronavirus disease. Mag-remind ta sa atong mga kaigsuonang Dabawenyo nga kung duna moy kauban sa balay or member of your household or silingan nga bag-ong abot nga gikan sa ubang lugar, make sure nga dili mo moduol sa ilaha and make sure nga mag comply sila sa 14-day quarantine, Duterte said in an interview over the Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday. (We are reminding our fellow Dabawenyos if they have a household member or neighbor coming from other areas, make sure you dont come near them or make sure they comply with the 14-day quarantine.) Mayor Sara said the reminder is for all families with returning OFWs and LSIs regardless if members are either asymptomatic or experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus disease. Davao City Health Office Head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte also echoed Mayor Saras statement, stressing that the 14-day quarantine for returning residents is required and must be followed. Davao City has been receiving OFWs and LSIs in the past weeks via sweeper flights facilitated by government agencies. Before boarding the plane, these OFWs and LSIs undergo rapid diagnostic tests (RDT), and those who turn out positive in the test are not be allowed to board the flight. Upon arrival in Davao City, returning residents also undergo strict health screening conducted by the CHO. If they fail in the screening, they are referred to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) for swabbing. They must fill out the health declaration form, undergo thermal scanning and symptom screening if they have a fever, cough, and cold. If they fail the health screening, they will be referred to SPMC for swabbing then for isolation or admission, Villafuerte said in a statement. Those who will not be placed in an isolation facility are required to undergo a 14-day home quarantine. They are directed to contact their District Health Office or the SPMC in case symptoms appear within 14 days. As of June 20, the city government said it has assisted 5,825 inbound Davao City individuals while 4,512 outbound Davao City via land, air, and sea. Of these numbers, 18 returning OFWs and two LSIs have tested positive for Covid-19.
TikTok caught copying iOS users' clipboard contents, claims it's an anti-spam feature - TechSpot
As the Telegraph notes, TikTok was one of several applications discovered to be reading users’ clipboards back in March. A couple of developers found popular applications such as AccuWeather, Overstock, AliExpress, Call of Duty Mobile, Patreon, and Google New…
A hot potato: Video-sharing social network service TikTok was already popular before the lockdowns, and its userbase saw even more growth during the last three months, but developer ByteDances policies and alleged ties to the Chinese government have brought controversy. Now, its been revealed that the app has been reading the contents of iOS users' clipboards, though it claims this was an anti-spam feature. As the Telegraph notes, TikTok was one of several applications discovered to be reading users clipboards back in March. A couple of developers found popular applications such as AccuWeather, Overstock, AliExpress, Call of Duty Mobile, Patreon, and Google News were all snooping on both Android and iOS. ByteDance told Forbes this was related to the use of an outdated Google advertising SDK that was being replaced. At the time, TikTok promised it would end the practice within a few weeks, but a new feature in iOS 14 showed the snooping hadnt stopped. Apples latest operating system update doesnt arrive until the fall, but those with early access got to see how it alerts users if an application is copying and pasting text from their clipboard. Emojipedias Chief Emoji Officer, Jeremy Burge, revealed on Twitter that TikTok was still grabbing the contents of the clipboard every 1 to 3 keystrokes, as shown by iOS 14. Okay so TikTok is grabbing the contents of my clipboard every 1-3 keystrokes. iOS 14 is snitching on it with the new paste notification pic.twitter.com/OSXP43t5SZ Jeremy Burge (@jeremyburge) June 24, 2020 TikTok now says this is triggered by a feature designed to identify repetitive, spammy behavior. The company added that it has already submitted an updated version of the app to the App Store removing the anti-spam feature to eliminate any potential confusion. While TikTok might no longer be reading clipboards on iOS, its unclear whether the anti-spam filter has been removed from the Android version of the app. Back in February, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman called TikTok spyware and fundamentally parasitic. His words came soon after the TSA and US Navy banned the app over security concerns.