What is a Quarantine?
Quarantine is the separation of a person (or group of people) who is believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease, but who is not currently showing symptoms. So, lets go through Self-Quarantine.
What is Self-Quarantine?
If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you may decide to self-quarantine, or voluntarily refrain from going out of your home. The CDC and other health officials recommend that if you self-quarantine, you do so for 14 days. If you have contracted COVID-19, you would show symptoms or will have had the opportunity for testing for the virus to know for sure if you are contagious.
Things you have to follow during the period of Quarantine
- Stay at home.
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
- Do not share anything – utensils, towels, food from the same bowl.
- Do not have visitors.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others in the home.
- Call the doctor first. If you do need to go to the doctor, call first so the doctor knows you are coming and take precautions to keep others from being infected.
- Don’t snuggle with your pet.
- Have your own utensils, drinking glass, dishes, towels and bedding.
- Wash your hands, sanitize surfaces and cough or sneeze into your elbows or a tissue that you immediately discard.
How do you know if you should self-quarantine?
- The CDC has issued recommendations for travelers arriving from certain countries to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- If someone at your work or school was definitely exposed, you may want to consider self-quarantine.
- If you have a fever and a dry cough
What do you do If you have fever, cough, or shortness of breath:
- Do not go out in public.
- Call the health department. Tell them you are under COVID-19 quarantine.
- Seek medical advice – call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell
- them you are under COVID-19 quarantine and about your symptoms, and guidance received from the health department.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Reminder: do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.