Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19

When to Isolate and When to Quarantine

Isolation and quarantine are key strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms, or are identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, public health will ask you to isolate or quarantine as appropriate. 

What is Isolation?

Isolation describes when someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, or has tested positive stays home and away from others (including household members) to avoid spreading their illness.

What is Quarantine?

Quarantine describes when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. Quarantine becomes isolation if the person later tests positive for COVID-19 or develops symptoms.

Quarantine vs Isolation Guidelines

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