What’s the difference between self-isolation and self-quarantine?

  • Self-isolation practices are for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 
  • Self-quarantine practices are for individuals who are close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19

Self-Isolation

  • Self-isolation includes separating yourself from the public as well as other people within your home
  • Specify a “sick room” and bathroom if possible in which only the sick person will use
  • Stay away from other people in your home 
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
    • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, utensils, towels, or bedding with others
    • Wash all of these items thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher/washing machine
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food
  • Clean all “high touch” surfaces in your isolation area every day
    • Let a caregiver clean and disinfect other areas of the home
    • High touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables
  • Do not leave your home unless for necessary medical care related to your COVID-19 symptoms
    • If you must leave your home, wear a facemask if available. The CDC notes that you may need to improvise a facemask using a scarf or bandana
  • Restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. 
    • Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the new coronavirus

Self-Quarantine

  • Self - quarantine involves separating yourself from the public and remaining within your home 
  • Do not leave your home unless for necessary medical care 
  • You may continue to be with others within your household but continue to practice good hygiene and cleaning practices
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food

When does self-isolation or quarantine end?

  • Isolation or quarantine ends once a public health nurse has deemed it possible following strict CDC guidelines that are based on time and symptoms