COVID- 19 : Understanding Quarantine in a Pandemic

What does self – quarantine mean?

Governments use quarantines to stop the spread of contagious diseases. Quarantines are for people or groups who don’t have symptoms but were exposed to the sickness. A quarantine keeps them away from others so they don’t unknowingly infect anyone.

What happens when you are self – quarantined?

While not all quarantines are the same, look to the Ministry of Health for how best to do your part. For self – quarantine, it is recommended that:

– Make it a staycation: Avoid leaving the house unless absolutely necessary. That means no work, school or church and saying no to your cousin’s wedding.

– Call ahead: If you feel your symptoms worsening, call ahead first, so that the medical facility you interns to visit can take steps to prevent others from getting infected.

– Worried about your pet? At this time, the WHO says there’s no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. But it may still be good to still use caution. If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, avoid petting, snuggling and being licked [during a coronavirus self – quarantine]

– Have your own stuff: Don’t swap unwashed dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
– Wash, rinse, repeat: Hygiene is an integral part of this, even at home. Hand-washing should be your first line of defense when under self – quarantine. And don’t forget to cough or sneeze into your elbows or a tissue that you then throw away.

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