What is the difference between self-isolation and self-quarantine?

Self-isolation and self-quarantine are both ways to limit interaction with others and prevent the spread of disease.

  • Self-isolation: Separating sick people from people who are not sick. Individuals are separated for a period of time until they are no longer infectious
  • Self-quarantine: Separating individuals who may have been exposed to a contagious disease but haven’t been tested. They are separated for a period of time to see if they get sick