Contact Tracers Air Dismay to People Putting False Information in Contact Forms
CONTACT TRACERS – The monitoring team admitted that they are having a hard time tracing patients due to false information logged in contact tracing forms.
Despite the importance of contact tracing to monitor the spread of COVID-19, it seems that some people do not take their information seriously. Others, wrote the names using cartoon characters and putting false information on contact tracing forms.
In a report of “Stand for Truth”, some contact tracers in Metro Manila, the center of COVID-19 cases at present, admitted that they also cannot call everyone on the logged on the contact tracing forms.
Their duty sometimes lasts more than 12 hours due to the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19. Field contact tracer Grabielle Dela Paz is against to the manual input of contact tracing as it can also cause virus transmission.
“Honestly, pen and paper na contact tracing hindi po ako sang-ayon diyan. Kasi unang una hindi naman lahat ng tao may dala na ballpen, so nagshe-share sila. Isa rin ‘yan sa cause kung bakit kumakalat ang COVID,” she said.
“Kunwari, merong pumuntang positive patient sa establishment, sa mall, matre-trace back ba namin lahat ng nagpunta doon? Hindi naman po,” Dela Paz added.
She also stressed that sometimes what people put in the form is not thier real information. May nababasa ka roon ang pangalan Adolf Hitler, may pangalan Spongebob, maco-contact trace ba namin ‘yun? Minsan wala pang binibigay na cellphone number, hindi pa ho readable,” she said.
Now the tracers only contact household members or relatives of COVID-19 patients, unlike what they used to do when it comes to second and third-generation contacts. Contact tracing czar Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong admitted that the level of contact tracing in the country has dropped to only a 1: 3 ratio from 1: 7 in January.
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