Self-isolation vs Quarantine
The following information on self-isolatation vs quarantine for those exposed to the coronavirus is also available on the government SAcoronavirus website.
Self-isolation refers to a voluntary act of home-based quarantine by any person who might or might have not been exposed to COVID-19 to contain the possible spread of COVID-19. Self-isolation can be applied to and by any person to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Quarantine is the separation and restriction of movement or activities of persons who are not ill but who are believed to have been exposed to infection, for the purpose of preventing transmission of diseases. Persons are usually quarantined in their homes, but they may also be quarantined in community-based facilities.
Quarantine at home guidelines
Isolate for 14 days.
If possible, stay and sleep alone in a room that has a window with good air flowing through.
You can talk to other family members and go outside, but you should stay at least 2 meters away from everyone at all times.
You should not have visitors at your house during this time.
One family member should be assigned as your caregiver. This exposes less of your family and also ensures that you and this caregiver can develop good habits so that they do not catch the virus from you. If these procedures are not possible, you should contact your health care worker or clinic for alternative options.
Use your own plate, bowl, and utensils – do not share these or food with anyone.
Hygiene practice guidelines
Keep the 2-metre distance from other people at all times.
Wash your hands before and after preparing food, before and after eating, and frequently throughout the day.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your mouth with cloth or paper when coughing or sneezing. Your linen can be cleaned with detergent and water.
Wipe down surfaces that you touch frequently with soap and water or household cleaners.
Getting sick during lockdown
If you are showing symptoms of Covid-19 and need medical care you should do the following:
Call your doctor or clinic and report your symptoms.
Wear a facemask when you enter the healthcare facility.
Ask your healthcare professional to inform the NICD if you test positive for Covid-19.
Keep a distance of at least one-and-a-half meters from your family members at home.
Related Information
Designated hospitals for managing COVID-19 cases
Cororavirus Helpline - NICD
CALL 0800-029999
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