What is community transmission?

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News:Recently,the government has said that there has been no community transmission of COVID-19 in India as the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world.

Facts:

About Community Transmission:

  • Community transmission happens when a patient who is not exposed to anyone known to be infected and has not travelled to countries in which the virus is circulating tests positive for infection. 
  • Under this, contact tracing is inadequate in containing the disease.This is because a person irrespective of whether she or he has been exposed to an already infected person or have travelled to affected countries remains vulnerable.

Additional information:

About Contract Tracing:

  • Contact tracing means when a case of infection is detected each individual with whom the patient has come in contact is closely monitored.If necessary, these individuals can be kept in isolation to prevent the infection from spreading further.