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

  • Self-monitoring is for those that may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19. Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If they develop symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) during the self-monitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek medical advice by telephone.
  • Quarantine is for people who had close contact to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 but are not experiencing symptoms. Contact your local health department or medical provider if you are unsure if you should self-quarantine.
  • Isolation separates people who are sick from those who are well. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 in many states are in isolation.
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