What’s the difference between quarantine, isolation and social distancing?
Quarantine aims to separate and restrict the movement of people who have been exposed to this contagious disease to watch and see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to this disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. Quarantine helps to limit the spread of the disease.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.
Social distancing is a conscious effort to maintain distance between yourself and other people as a way to mitigate the spread of disease. This means avoiding public gatherings, bars, restaurants or other events, even if you are symptom free. Stay at least 6 feet from other people as often as possible.