ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE
There is a difference between isolation and quarantine, though the terms have often been erroneously interchanged throughout this pandemic.
Isolation is for those who are ILL or known to be INFECTED (positive) with a contagious disease.
(To remember the difference, think of the letter i - isolation: ill or infected.) The purpose is to minimize the spread of a communicable disease by separating infectious individuals from others until such time as they are no longer contagious.
Quarantine is for people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but are not testing positive or showing symptoms yet. With COVID-19, we know that people are capable of spreading the virus 48 hours prior to developing symptoms or testing positive. The purpose is to minimize the spread of a communicable disease by avoiding contact with others until the exposed person either becomes positive and then completes their isolation period, or until their recommended quarantine period expires and they have remained negative and without symptoms of the disease.
THE CDC HAS CREATED A CALCULATOR THAT HELPS TO DETERMINE WHEN TO ISOLATE OR QUARANTINE, AND FOR HOW LONG, IN ORDER TO HELP PREVENT FURTHER SPREAD OF COVID-19.
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COVID-19 VACCINES: ARE YOU UP TO DATE?
Click button below for information that will help to determine whether or not you are up to date depending on your age, the vaccine/s you've received, when you had your most recent dose, and your health status.