Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Quarantine or Isolate at Homeenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_04_2.jpgSomeone with a positive coronavirus test is infected and is contagious. They will need to stay home to prevent the virus from spreading to others. 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Anzilotti, MD08/04/20203e66435b-d9b4-4a6c-b538-b131a068f0b8https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-how-to-quarantine.html/<p>People who have a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus.html/">coronavirus (COVID-19)</a> infection or are around someone who's infected should stay home to prevent spreading the virus. This is known as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-isolation-quarantine.html/"><strong>quarantine</strong> or <strong>isolation</strong></a>. Keeping your household <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-prepare.html/">ready</a> can reduce stress in case that happens.</p> <h3>What Does Quarantine Mean?</h3> <p><strong>Quarantine:</strong> This is when someone who <em>might have been exposed to the virus but has no symptoms</em> needs to stay home for 14 days (2 weeks).</p> <h3>What Does Isolation Mean?</h3> <p><strong>Isolation:</strong> This is when someone <em>who is infected with the virus and is contagious</em> needs to stay home for 10 days after symptoms start or they have a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-tests.html/">positive test result</a>.</p> <h3>How Does Someone Quarantine or Isolate at Home?</h3> <p>Someone who is in quarantine or isolation should stay home and away from other people to avoid spreading the virus. They should:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Keep at least 6 feet away from other household members and pets when possible.</li> <li>Wear a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mask-care.html/">mask</a> (or face covering) if they must be around other people and can't stay 6 feet apart. Children under 2 years old and people who have trouble breathing should not wear a mask. To see how to put on and remove masks, clean them, or make your own cloth face covering, check the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html">CDC's guide</a>.</li> <li>Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue away, and then wash their hands right away. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">Wash their hands</a> well and often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.</li> <li>Every day, use a household cleaner or wipe to clean things that get touched a lot. These include doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, sink handles, counters, and phones.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Someone in isolation who has symptoms of COVID-19 or had a positive test also should:</strong></p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Sleep in a bedroom not used by anyone else. If that's not possible, try to keep as much of a distance as possible between beds. If sharing a bed, even sleeping head to toe can help.</li> <li>Use a separate bathroom, if possible.</li> <li>Use their own personal items (like cups, towels and toothpaste) and not share these with others.</li> <li>Eat apart from the rest of the family.</li> </ul> <h3>What Can Other Family Members Do?</h3> <p>Even if the person in quarantine or isolation does not have symptoms, all members of the household should:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-social-distancing.html/">Stay home</a> as much as possible.</li> <li>Wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others if they need to go out.</li> <li>Wear a mask if they need to be in the room with the person who is in isolation or quarantine.</li> <li>Make sure shared spaces in the home have good air flow. You can open a window or turn on an air filter or air conditioner.</li> <li>Not have any visitors into the home.</li> <li>Wash their hands well and often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.</li> </ul> <p>Other ways to lower the risk of spreading the virus:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>If <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html">doing the laundry</a> of the person in quarantine or isolation, wash it with detergent on the hottest temperature possible. To avoid sending the virus into the air, don't shake the laundry. Wear gloves, if possible. Wash hands well after handling the laundry, even if you wore gloves.</li> <li>Every day, use a household cleaner or wipe to clean things that get touched a lot. These include doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, sink handles, counters, and phones.</li> </ul> <h3>Do Others in the Household Need to Quarantine or Isolate?</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>If <em>someone in quarantine doesn't have symptoms</em>, other household members do not need to quarantine or isolate.</li> <li>If <em>someone in isolation has symptoms that could be from COVID-19 or had a positive test result</em>, everyone in the family should quarantine for 14 days after their last close contact with that person.</li> <li>If someone taking care of a person in isolation can't keep 6 feet between them, they should begin a 14-day quarantine when the person in their care is done their 10-day isolation.</li> </ul> <p>For the latest updates, visit your local health department's website or the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html">CDC's website</a>.</p> <h3>When Should I Call the Doctor?</h3> <p>Call your doctor if someone in quarantine or isolation has new symptoms or seems to be getting sicker. 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