Self-Isolation Guidelines

What is a quarantine?

A quarantine on a mass scale -- whether by town, city, state or nation -- helps prevent the spread of a contagious virus like COVID-19. For someone who might have been exposed to the coronavirus and is at risk for developing COVID-19, a 14-day self-quarantine allows enough time to find out if that person will become ill and be a threat to infect other people. (Isolation is reserved for people already confirmed with COVID-19.)

When you self-quarantine:

  • Stay home, with no visitors.
  • Keep at least 6 feet from other members of your household.
  • Wear a mask to protect others from possible infection.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Do not share towels or utensils.
  • If available, reserve one bathroom in the house to your use only.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Or use a tissue, then throw it away immediately.
  • Take your temperature at least twice a day.
  • Call your doctor if you get a fever, cough or shortness of breath (or any other sign if respiratory difficulties).

What is social distancing?

Social distancing, also known as physical distancing, is a public health technique that keeps people infected with COVID-19 from getting close enough to healthy people to spread the coronavirus.

Major events that attracted large groups of people, such as sporting events and political rallies, were the biggest examples of encouraging physical distance between people. Now the focus is more person-to-person:

  • Maintain a safe distance, at least 6 feet, from other people.
  • At a supermarket or awaiting a takeout order at a restaurant, maintain that safe distance between other people in line.
  • Get out, exercise and enjoy the spring weather, but avoid large groups or close contact with any individual.

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