What does Self Isolating Mean?
Self-isolation or quarantine is when you have symptoms or you’ve been exposed to the virus and you are trying to avoid spreading it to others, including those in your household.
When you self-isolate you are minimizing any and all interaction with others, staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from others, and not touching surfaces or sharing items with them without cleaning and disinfecting them.
Here are some tips on how to self isolate (assuming you don’t need medical care)
- Have a large, well-ventilated area, ideally with a separate bathroom
- Don’t share a room with others. If that’s not possible, make sure the beds are at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart.
- Monitor your symptoms daily
- Remain in quarantine isolation for at least 14 days
- If you develop symptoms, especially any difficulty breathing, contact your doctor or medical professional immediately.
- Stay positive, stay connected via telephone or video chat as much as possible.
- Exercise, including breathing exercises.
- Talk during meal times, through doors or distance, to remain a part of the household.
- Use a mask whenever interacting with anyone else.
- Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face.
- Clean and disinfect your surroundings and all your dishes, utensils, after using them.
- Don’t panic, and don’t stress out about not being productive. By isolating you are doing something incredibly valuable and selfless.