What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine refers to keeping a person away from others after being in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Isolation refers to someone who is sick, or tested positive for COVID, and keeping them away from others, even in their own home.

How long should I quarantine or isolate?

Someone in quarantine should stay home for 14 days after their last contact to determine if they have been infected and develop symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Someone should remain in isolation until symptoms improve, there is no fever for at least 24 hours and it has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, according to the CDC.

Published August 20, 2021