With COVID-19, we think of small outbreaks occurring from humans being in close proximity at restaurants, parties, and other events. But what about laboratories? Zuckerman et al. share their tale of a small COVID-19 outbreak at Israel’s Central Virology Laboratory (ICVL) in mid-March 2020 and how they used their lab tech to determine the transmission sources. With eight known individuals testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus overall, the researchers walk step by step through their quarantine and testing processes to "elucidate person-to-person transmission events, map individual and common mutations, and examine suspicions regarding contaminated surfaces." Their analyses found person-to-person contact—not contaminated surface contact—was the transmission path. They conclude that their overall analysis verifies the value of molecular testing and capturing complete viral genomes towards determining transmission vectors "and confirms that the strict safety regulations observed in ICVL most likely prevented further spread of the virus."
This is a Georgia Tech-created course that is released on the edX platform. The self-paced five-week course is designed to help learners to better understand "the key standards for representing and sharing healthcare data." The course is free to take, with a Verified Certificate of completion available for $99. The course requires on average 10–11 hours a week of effort. Additionally, this course is part of Georgia Tech's professional certificate program titled Health Informatics on FHIR, for those wanting to take all three courses for their professional cert'.