Coronavirus- Self-Isolation Basics

Self-isolation is an important measure taken by those who have COVID-19 symptoms, to avoid infecting others in the community, including family members.

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when a person who is experiencing fever, cough or other COVID-19 symptoms stays at home and does not go to work, school or public places. This can be voluntary or based on the healthcare provider’s recommendation.

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

Quarantine means restricting activities or separating people who are not ill themselves, but may have been exposed to COVID-19. Isolation means separating people who are ill with symptoms.Physical distancing means being physically apart.

What are the best ways of self-isolation?

If a person is in self-isolation, it is because he/she is ill but not severely. Sel-isolate yourself in a place that is large, well-ventilated with hand hygiene and toilet facilities. Isolate for 14 days, even if you feel healthy.

What to do in emergency situations?

If one develops difficulty in breathing during self-isolation, he/she should contact the healthcare provider immediately- call them first if possible.