Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Do Quarantine and Isolation Mean?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_05_2.jpgSome people with COVID-19 might need to stay home and away from others for a set time. This is known as isolation or quarantine. Find out what this means.2019-nCoV, coronavirus, COVID-19, isolation, isolated, quarantine, quarantined, socially distant, social distancing, stay home, isolate at home, quarantine at home, stay away from others, coronavirus disease 2019, novel, Wuhan, corona, 2019 novel coronavirus, breastfeeding coronavirus, breast feed with covid-19, CDC, WHO, pregnant during coronavirus, SARS, MERS, respiratory symptoms, dry cough, difficulty breathing, breathing trouble, fever, 2019-nCoV infection,infections, infectious, outbreaks, epidemics, incubation period, contagious, pediatric, pediatrician, handwashing, hand washing, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, coronavirus in usa, coronavirus update07/29/202010/26/202010/26/2020Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD07/28/2020f8a36158-22a7-4a53-974d-52cdb2afa4cbhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-isolation-quarantine.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus.html/">Coronavirus (COVID-19)</a> spreads easily from person to person. That's why health experts recommend avoiding large crowds and busy places, and staying at least 6 feet away from people you don't live with. This is called <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-social-distancing.html/">social distancing</a> (or physical distancing).</p> <p>But some people might need to do more than that. They might need to stay home for a set time and not leave even for work, errands, or exercise. This is known as <strong>quarantine</strong> or <strong>isolation.</strong> These differ depending on why a person needs to stay home and which precautions they must take.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-how-to-quarantine.html/">Staying home</a> for an extended time can be hard, especially if the person feels well enough to go out. But it's an important part of stopping the spread of the virus and protecting the community. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-prepare.html/">Keeping your household ready</a> can reduce stress in case that happens.</p> <h3>What Does Quarantine Mean?</h3> <p><strong>Quarantine:</strong>&nbsp;This is when someone <em>who might have been exposed to the virus but has no symptoms </em>needs to stay home. This is because they could be infected and could spread the virus, even though they feel well.</p> <p>After contact with someone who has COVID-19 (or who tested positive), people need to quarantine if:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>They were within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.</li> <li>They care for that person at home.</li> <li>They shared dishes, cups, forks, or spoons with the person.</li> <li>The person coughed or sneezed on them.</li> <li>They touched, kissed, or hugged the person.</li> </ul> <p>People also might need to quarantine if their local health department requires it after travel to an area where coronavirus is spreading rapidly.</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. This helps to prevent spread of the virus to other people.</p> <p>A person should isolate when:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>They have symptoms of COVID-19.</li> <li>They have <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-tests.html/">tested positive</a> for the virus (with or without symptoms).</li> </ul> <h3>How Long Should Quarantine or Isolation Last?</h3> <p>Recommendations for how long people should quarantine or isolate change often and can vary depending on where you live. For the latest updates, visit your local health department's website or the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/index.html">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)</a> website.</p> <p>In general, a person should:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>Quarantine</strong> for 14 days (2 weeks) after contact with an infected person or after arriving home from traveling. They should watch for symptoms, which can show up 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.<br />or</li> <li><strong>Isolate</strong> for 10 days from the time their COVID-19 symptoms started, or from the date they tested positive. They can stop isolating 10 days after the start of their symptoms (or their positive test), as long as they've had 1 full day without a fever and their other symptoms have gotten better. If testing is easy to get, a health care provider may choose to send a person for two separate tests at least 24 hours apart. If both are negative, the person can stop isolating.</li> </ul> <p>Someone who starts to feel sick during a 2-week quarantine should switch to isolation and add 10 more days. If they start to feel sick near the end of their quarantine period, it could mean staying at home for as long as 24 days. 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