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What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine and isolation are both ways to limit your interaction with others to prevent the spread of disease.

  • Quarantine is separating individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 but haven’t been tested. They are separated for a period of time (14 days after possible exposure) to see if they develop symptoms.
  • Isolation is separating individuals with COVID-19 from people who are not sick. Individuals are separated for a period of time until they are no longer infectious.

If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19 or that you have been exposed to the virus, you should consult your place of work for specific guidance about whether to stay home or continue working. You should adhere to recommendations set forth by your employer or the department of health, as they may differ from the CDC’s guidelines.

Visit the CDC website for more information.

 
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