Quarantine vs. Isolation: What's the Difference?
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, we must follow CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine. Here’s what YOU need to know if you or someone you know tests positive or is exposed to COVID-19.
Defining the terms:
Isolation separates sick people from people who aren’t sick.
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to see if they become sick.
Isolation = when you are sick.
Quarantine = when you might be.
What counts as exposure?
According to the CDC, exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive person for more than 15 minutes. 💁♂️...🙎♀️
I have been exposed and told to quarantine. What does that mean exactly?
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
- You should make an appointment with University Health Services for a FREE COVID-19 test.
- Stay quarantined, attend your classes online and keep your classmates and professors safe for 14 days. 😎
- Monitor your symptoms and be prepared to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you don’t have symptoms after 14 days, you may participate in regular activities following all CDC guidelines.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, then you will move to the next steps below.
I tested positive for COVID-19, what now? 😧
- You MUST isolate! According to the CDC, isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
- Don’t leave isolation until 10 days after symptoms begin and 24 hours after you are free of fever and symptoms of respiratory infection, without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- There is isolation protocol on campus for students to have a safe and comfortable place to recover.
- Let friends you were around know they were exposed so they can move into quarantine.
- OSU is here to support you. There are virtual counseling services available, meal services, virtual academic resources and more helpful resources listed here.