Isolation is intended to keep people who have COVID-19 away from others, even within their own home. If someone has symptoms and tests positive for COVID-19, they must stay in isolation until:
- Ten days have passed since the beginning of their symptoms,
- They haven’t had a fever in at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, and
- Any other symptoms have also improved. If someone doesn’t have any symptoms but tests positive for COVID-19, they should isolate for ten days after testing positive.
Quarantine is intended to keep people who have been in close contact with the virus away from others. People who have been exposed to the virus should quarantine in their homes for 14 days after the potential exposure and monitor themselves for symptoms such as fever and cough.
Social distancing is the practice of keeping a safe distance between you and other people that are not part of your household and is intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 in communities. Everyone, even people who feel well or have tested negative for COVID-19, should practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from people outside their household. People should social distance whether they are inside or outside.