The difference between “Isolation” and “Quarantine”

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    Micheal SaloresMicheal Salores

    We are all familiar with these two terms because of the pandemic. Every now and then we heard Isolation and Quarantine in various platforms.

    However, one may get confuse in terms of knowing when to do Isolation  or when to apply quarantine. Today, I am going to differentiate these two terms to you.

    Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a CONTAGIOUS DISEASE.

    ISOLATION separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

    Isolation is for people who are ALREADY SICK and it has the following purposes.

    1. Isolation separates and restricts the movement of sick people so they can’t spread disease.

    2. Isolation in a home means separating yourself from others in the household.

    On the other hand, QUARANTINE separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

    1. Quarantine is for people who are NOT SICK, but may have been exposed.

    2. Quarantined people must stay at home or another location so they don’t unknowingly spread the disease.

    Do you find these explanation clear? I hope to hear your thoughts. Thank you so much.

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