But what does this mean? We’ve been hearing some confusion so here are a few definitions to help clear it up:
This means staying away from everyone outside your household wherever possible. Don’t have anyone come to your house who doesn’t live there. Don’t go anywhere you don’t need to. Try to limit shopping trips to once a week (or longer) and only send one person.
Getting fresh air is important. It is fine to take a walk or do other activities outside, as long as you can maintain at least a 6 foot distance between you and anyone not in your household.
Note that this does not mean you should socialize with other households while maintaining a 6 foot separation. Any prolonged contact should be avoided if possible.
Most public parks and playgrounds are now closed. Stay in contact with friends and family by phone or video chat. Keeping up with other people is important.
Quarantine in place:
Quarantine is more rigorous isolation. This is what you will do if you suspect that you are ill or have come into contact with someone who is ill. You are not only staying at home but you’re staying away from everyone else in your home. Don’t leave your house. Have food delivered. Anybody in contact with you should be wearing gloves and mask and washing their hands.
If you do not live alone, use your own set of towels, plates, glasses, and utensils. If possible do not share a bathroom with other people in the house.
If you become ill:
- Quarantine in place immediately
- Other members of your household should also quarantine in place
- Stay at home drink plenty of fluids, treat your symptoms, and talk to your primary health provider by phone or email
- Do not go in to a hospital or clinic unless you have severe issues that require emergency assistance
- Inform anyone that you have had more than passing contact with for the past 36 hours that you have become ill
- Keep a log of your symptoms including your temperature every three hours or so
- Make a list of your current medications and medical history. You may find the form at this link useful: https://assets.aarp.org/www.aarp.org_/articles/learntech/wellbeing/medication-record.pdf
- Seek help immediately if you experience:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to wake
- Bluish lips or face