“A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease”– WHO, 2020.
Diseases and mankind have existed together over centuries. Throughout the course, they have ravaged humanity, sometimes changed and created history, and, at times, wiped out entire civilizations.As the population has grown from 6,143,493,823 in 2000 to 7,794,798,739 in 2020 1 preventing the spread has become both important and impossible. Numerous methods are adopted ( Social Distancing, quarantine, and Contact Tracing) to help flatten the curve.
The concept of contact tracking was first introduced by the WHO during the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
Contact tracing in the Ebola epidemic is defined as the systematic process of identification, assessment, and management of people who have been exposed to the Ebola virus to prevent further transmission of the agent. Even though contact tracing is a critical element in containing the EVD outbreak, nevertheless it is just one of the multi-pronged strategies which are essential to halt the rise in the number of cases
During an EVD outbreak with established person-to-person transmission, new cases were more likely to emerge among contacts. For this reason, it was critical that all potential contacts of the suspect, probable and confirmed Ebola cases were identified and put under observation for 21 days (the maximum incubation period of the Ebola virus) from the last day of contact.
COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and spreads from person-to-person through droplet and contact transmission. To control the spread of COVID-19, interventions need to break the chains of human-to-human transmission, ensuring that the number of new cases generated by each confirmed case is maintained below 1 As part of a comprehensive strategy, case identification, isolation, testing and care, and contact tracing and quarantine, are critical activities to reduce transmission and control the epidemic.
Contact tracing begins with engaging communities about the disease, how to protect individuals and their communities, and how to suppress transmission. Contact tracing requires individuals to agree to daily monitoring, to be willing to report signs or symptoms of COVID-19 promptly, and to be prepared to go into quarantine for at least 14 days or into isolation if they become symptomatic.
There are numerous challenges for contact tracing. As a result of the wide geographical expanse of the EVD outbreak, insufficient human, financial, and logistical resources, and to some extent, limited access to affected communities. The process for setting up functional contact tracing systems have also been unclear; inadvertently contact tracing has been conducted in many different ways.
With daily advancement and an increase in the availability of technology, contact tracking has become easier and more cost-effective.
Sensitize your visitors:
No matter who you are, Veris ensures proper procedures are in place to ensure your safety and provide you with a Covid-19 ready visitor management system. Ensuring proper screening methods are followed helps prevent further transmission. Education and awareness go hand in hand. Sensitize and help increase awareness by adding creative background images to your Veris Visitor application to educate your guests on safety and sanitization.
Arogya Setu and Veris visitor screening:-
Veris recently joined hands with the Arogya Setu application to create a smart visitor management system to ensure that all visitors who are coming in can share their verified details. This integration and the COVID-19 screening questionnaire enable users to select which visitor category they would like to screen and the questions they would like to ask making the visitor check-in process a smooth one.
Each set of questions have a unique response and in case the response matches your Visitor screening criteria, you can trigger actions like denying badge printing or showing a caution alerts on the visitor badge ensure that the visitors and the employees are safe. Further, you can also alert your security teams and/or the host of the arrival of a possibly infected visitor as soon as such a visitor checks-in at your premises.
Smart, touchless visitor management
It is estimated that by 2025 India alone would have more than 973M smartphone users. As these phones become accessible to all, the Veris Touchless Visitor Management system brings convenience, safety and ease together. A simple scan and go system not only helps in faster check-ins but ensures that the only device you have contact with is your cell phone.
All organisations may have the same raw material, money, land etc. What makes them different is the human resources and Veris ensures the protection of your most important resources. With thermal scanner and mask detection based touchless employee check-ins, only those individuals who are wearing a mask or are not running temperature are allowed inside the organisation ensuring the safety of all.
In closing, let us ask you the burning question on the minds of facility managers worldwide. In case an onsite employee amidst your workforce is detected as COVID-positive, would your current processes allow for adequate, seamless and speedy action? If not, then simply, grab that smartphone, dial into our workplace specialists and let us take your contact tracing woes away!