The first COVID-19 case was diagnosed on March 5th, 2020. South Africa followed recommendations to employ non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), such as physical distancing, to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
Since NPIs are difficult to implement in densely populated communities, the TRACE project (Transmission of COVID-19 in Crowded Environments) was designed to understand and mitigate household transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection in a high-density community in Cape Town, South Africa. The first aim is to understand the household transmission of SARS-CoV-2. The second aim is to understand the impact of an infection mitigation intervention designed to support households with an index patient with COVID-19.
This project started in September 2020 and aims to enroll 120 households in a randomized control trial.
The Knowledge Translation Unit is working around the clock to help primary healthcare workers, patients and households to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.