When Quarantine or Self-Isolation May Be Needed

When Quarantine or Self-Isolation May Be Needed

People may have COVID-19 for as many as 14 days before they have any symptoms. That’s why the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention   says you should self-quarantine if you might have been exposed.

This means you should:

  • Stay home for 14 days with no visitors.
  • Only leave home to seek medical care, if needed.
  • Keep at least 6 feet between you and others in your home.
  • Check your temperature twice a day.
  • Watch for symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.

You should isolate yourself if you do show symptoms. You’ll need to stay in a separate “sick” area of your home where other family members can’t go, including a separate bathroom. Stay in touch with your doctor. And if you start having trouble breathing or have bluish lips, you may not be getting enough oxygen. Seek emergency care in that case.