Covid-19: Quarantine vs Isolation


During pandemics, it is always recommended by medical experts to practice quarantine and isolation to avoid the spread of disease. Likewise, during this ongoing pandemic, the infected patients are advised to be in isolation. There are some differences between the two terms, and they are explained further in this article.


When someone is sick, or they get tested for Covid-19, they are required to be away from others to avoid spreading the virus. Even if a person is asymptomatic, they are still required to isolate themselves in their home, and they should not be in contact with anyone. If someone is sick and they have doubt of having Covid-19, then they should stay at home until their symptoms have improved, they are without fever for three days, and at least ten days have passed since the indications of symptoms.

However, if someone is tested positive for Covid-19, they should stay at home for at least ten days since their positive test, and they should have a specific sick room reserved for only them and a separate washroom to use. They should stay away from their family members and disinfect all the things they touch and use frequently. They should treat themselves by using home care remedies and drinking fluids to strengthen their immunity.


Quarantine is practiced when someone gets in close contact with a Covid patient and is exposed to Covid-19. It is advised that if someone gets in close contact with someone who has Covid, then they are required to stay away from others for 14 days. They should stay at home for 14 days before their last contact, and they are required to check their temperature twice a day and check for Covid symptoms. They should stay away from people who are at a high risk of getting severely affected by Covid. If a person gets again in contact with a Covid patient within 14 days, they are required to restart the quarantine cycle. If possible, they should get tested, but if a test comes out negative within the 14 days, then it doesn’t mean that it’ll still come negative after the end of the quarantine period.

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