The difference between isolation, quarantine

From Local Sources

Health care providers are instructing their patients who present with COVID-19 symptoms to self-quarantine, according to the Dubois County Health Department.

“Not everyone who has symptoms needs to be tested,” states a county health department press release. “Testing guidelines are set by [the] Indiana State Department of Health and must be followed. Testing does NOT change the treatment. You may be asked to isolate or quarantine yourself.”

The department reports no new COVID-19 cases in Dubois County residents as of 8 a.m. this morning.

The agency described the difference beteween isolation and quarantine.

Isolation is for individuals who are ill. It separates people who are ill and contagious from healthy individuals, and restricts movement of people who are contagious.

Quarantine is for individuals who have been exposed, but are not ill. This applies to the separation and restriction of movement of individuals who are not ill but have been exposed to the contagious disease.

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