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Breaking down the difference between self-quarantine and self-isolation

Explaining terms used when discussing COVID-19
Posted at 12:09 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 08:50:14-04

Fox 4 is breaking down the difference between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended isolation and self-quarantine.

The CDC has released a list of guidelines and recommendations to protect the public and prevent the exposure of COVID-19.

People at risk may fall into two categories.

Self-quarantine is completely voluntary; it separates people who may have been exposed to the virus, due to recently traveling to level 3 countries such as China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea or being within 6 feet of an infected patient.

Last week, we told you about the FGCU students who returned from Italy last week, they are currently self-quarantine, meaning they are at home for 14 days.

Students are recommended to take their temperature twice a day, monitoring for symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and limit contact with people.

Isolation pertains only to people who are already sick and displaying signs of illness.

Two older adults were admitted by lee health last week with symptoms of COVID-19. One patient died, and the other is currently in critical condition and isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

This is mostly used in hospitals to separate people with the virus from those who are not infected.

Even if you have not been exposed to COVID-19, the CDC recommends washing your hands thoroughly, keeping your hands away from your mouth and nose, and covering your sneeze or cough.