(July 3, 2020) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a multistate telephone survey of 350 adult inpatients and outpatients who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection, and only 46 percent reported recent contact with a COVID-19 patient. The study
, published in the June 30 MMWR
, found that fewer than half of patients were aware of recent close contact with someone with COVID-19. The survey highlights a need for increased screening, case investigation, contact tracing, and isolation of infected persons during periods of community transmission. This finding suggests that ensuring social distancing and more widespread use of cloth face coverings are warranted. A majority of COVID-19 patients reported working during the 2 weeks preceding illness, and few had the ability to telework, underscoring the need for enhanced measures to ensure workplace safety.