Coronavirus Self-Quarantine

Self-quarantine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is recommended if you have been directly exposed to the virus or have traveled to areas where there are large numbers of people infected, in order to prevent further transmission.

Guidelines for Self-Quarantine

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Monitor your symptoms. Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
  • Seek prompt medical attention if you become ill.
    • Before seeking care, call your health care provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
    • Put on a face mask before you enter the health care facility. These steps will help the health care provider’s office prevent other people in the facility from getting infected or exposed.
    • Ask your health care provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
  • Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
    • People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
    • Animals: Although there have been no reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals.
  • People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should use face masks to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • Cough or sneeze into the fold of your elbow. Alternatively, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean your hands often.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. If hands are visibly dirty, it is preferred that soap and water be used. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean all high-touch surfaces every day.
    • High-touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablet devices and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product, including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use.
  • If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.

This information is subject to change. Last updated: Aug. 3, 2020.