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  • " If we work together, we can break chains of transmission!"


    6.Learn about Contacts


    Welcome to the "Contacts" section of our SORMAS e-learning course, where you will learn the essential elements of managing contact situations within the SORMAS platform. A contact is an exposure of a non infected person (contact person) to an infected person (case person). These exposures can include: face-to-face contact with a case person, direct physical contact with a case person, or other settings as indicated by local risk assessments.

    An important and indispensable strategy for controlling the spread of an infectious disease outbreaks is contact tracing.  However, in order to reap the full benefit of contact tracing, it has to be systematically applied. Contact tracing involves three sequential activities viz.

    ✔️ Contact identification, 

    ✔️ Contact listing and classification, 

    ✔️ Contact follow-up (monitoring for disease onset).

    This module is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how SORMAS handles contacts, ensuring precise epidemiological documentation that is crucial in controlling the spread of diseases. In this section, you will discover how SORMAS creates and manages multiple contact situations for the same individual when they are involved in various contact scenarios. This approach allows for detailed tracking and management of each contact scenario independently, enhancing the accuracy and effectiveness of disease surveillance efforts.

    You will learn how to navigate the Contact Directory, where all contact situations are listed. This directory is your gateway to viewing, sorting, and managing contact information efficiently. With the ability to filter and export data similar to the case directory, you will gain skills that are vital for any health professional working in disease control.

    But this journey isn't just about mastering a tool—it's about becoming part of a greater team. Each of us plays a pivotal role, and together, we form a powerful force in the fight against disease outbreaks. By learning to effectively manage contacts, you become a hero in the narrative of public health, directly contributing to the safety and well-being of communities. Together, we can achieve more and emerge victorious in our collective mission to safeguard public health.