Here's a new, free practice question to help you
get ready to pass the ASWB exam. See how you do.
A social worker tests positive for COVID-19, though she
has been vaccinated and has no symptoms. According to the CDC, what
should the social worker do FIRST?
A. Notify close contacts about the
B. Contact the local health department about the
C. Self-quarantine at home for 10 days.
D. Mask and maintain social distancing for 10
What's your answer?
This is a COVID question, yes. But more simply, it's a FIRST
question. The FIRST is there for a reason. Let's take the answers
one by one and see how the FIRST plays its part.
A. Notify close contacts. A good idea and a strong contender for
correct answer. But before choosing it, let's look at the other
B. Contact the local health department. This is generally left
to medical providers. And isn't a top-level health and safety
securer. Since it's not as good an answer as A, seems okay to
strike it and move on…
C. Self-quarantine. Also a strong answer. Looks like
there's maybe going to be a showdown. One more to go…
D. Mask and maintain social distancing. This does not adhere to
CDC recommendations. Bad answer. Scratch it.
It is a showdown, as anticipated: Notify Close Contacts vs.
Quarantine. Both are recommended by the CDC (see "
What To Do If You Have COVID-19"). But one of them potentially
leaves the social worker out and about, shedding and spreading the
virus. You can contact people from anywhere--from work, the mall,
etc. The first order of business--FIRST, that is--is to go home and
avoid others. Pretty simple, once you think it through. You may
have been distracted by the social worker's being vaxxed and having
no symptoms. Neither matters when it comes to protocols following a
Sometimes you don't have to know anything about a topic to get
the right answer. You can just apply common sense. That's
more-or-less the case here.
Looking for more on the topic? CDC guidance on COVID-19 lives here.
Stay safe, happy studying, and good luck with the exam!