Teaching Quarantine: Covid-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing

As part of LiQ’s Teaching Quarantine initiative, we spoke with Professor Lars Osterberg and student Om Jahagirdar about the course Covid-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing.


You can watch Professor Lars Osterberg’s interview here:

You can watch Om Jahagirdar’s interview here:

 You can read a description of the course here:

In this service-learning course students will be learning how to identify people who have COVID-19 and those who have been exposed to people with COVID-19. Students will learn basics about the biology and health effects of SARS-CoV-2 and the epidemiology of COVID-19. Students will be taught important skills in healthcare communication including motivational interviewing, health education, and health coaching. Students will work as volunteers together with Santa Clara County staff to interrupt the chains of transmission of COVID-19 as they apply skills they have learned to help people with the illness and those who have been exposed understand the importance of isolation, quarantine, and other critical aspects of public health needed to control and manage this disease. 

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Many thanks to Professor Lars Osterberg and Om Jahagirdar for making this piece possible.

Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic is an initiative sponsored by the Poetic Media Lab and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University.

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