The course is open to health workers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ULS community, and the general public.
One of the most important actions to control COVID-19 infection is to carry out traceability and follow-up of cases and contacts, in order to follow the evolution process of each of its stages and to have a record of it. This responsibility was transferred from July 03 to the managing entities of primary health care establishments, who must carry out the traceability of people infected with COVID-19 and their contacts, in addition to carrying out the epidemiological investigation, identification, quarantine and report. of close contacts at the community level.
This provision makes the University of La Serena, through its Nursing Department and led by Dr. Paola Salas Rivas, epidemiologist, MPh, PhD, in conjunction with the Nucleus of research and technological transfer of the health area of the Faculty of Sciences ULS and the Office of Distance Education of the house of studies, act quickly and offer health teams and the university community and the community in general, the possibility of acquiring tools from an adapted version of the course "COVID-19 Contact Tracing ”2020, developed by Johns Hopkins University and Emily Gurley.
This training aims to collaborate with health teams immediately, training people who can effectively and ethically detect and monitor cases and contacts of COVID-19, through remote mode, with asynchronous and synchronous classes .
People will be able to take the course in the time available in asynchronous mode, short e-learning classes (7 to 10 min approx.) Accompanied by a formative evaluation (1 or 2 questions) after each class, a complementary bibliography and a final evaluation of 20 questions from just the videos. Subsequently, they must participate in 2 synchronous classes that will be held on Fridays from 14:30 p.m. to 16:00 p.m., where an inverted class methodology is used, to deepen the topics, through queries or doubts, of the material reviewed during week.
The course consists of five modules, which will cover the basics of COVID-19, case and contact monitoring, case monitoring ethics, skills for effective communication, and home care of cases and contacts.
The ULS epidemiologist, Dr. Paola Salas, referred to the importance of acquiring theoretical tools to carry out this task and to take care of each other in homes, in health centers or in medical residences. “Today, not only health teams must know about the coronavirus, if there is someone affected by this disease in our families and acquaintances, we must know what to do in the follow-up period and how to take care of ourselves and others, in isolation and / or quarantine). For this reason, the ULS has wanted to support the health teams in learning about the epidemiological aspects of monitoring cases and contacts, and to open the course to the university community and the general population to improve adherence to self-care and thus cut the chains. of transmission of COVID-19, with the present course, free, at a distance and with the accompaniment of academics and researchers in invested classes, we invite you to register ”.
Registrations are permanent and the course has no cost for the participants, does not require previous knowledge and is already available here.
The first class to start the course will take place this Friday, July 24, from 15:00 p.m. to 16:00 p.m., and those who are registered by email will be invited by Zoom.