Health Minute: Contact Tracing

Sep 8, 2020

You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing. 

“Contact tracing” is reaching out to people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Exposure includes being within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes; being around someone 48 to 72 hours before they had symptoms and through the end of the infectious period; having direct contact with infectious secretions; or, being coughed on by someone with COVID-19.

Contact tracing is normally done by telephone. It's used to refer people for testing, monitor contacts and support quarantine. A contact tracer will not ask you for your social security or bank account information, your immigration status, or a payment for tracing.

More information about limiting community spread through contact tracing can be found at

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I’m Cheraine Stanford, WPSU.