Quarantine is a way to separate and to restrict movements of someone who may have been exposed to the virus to check if they become sick.The CDC recommends self-quarantine if a close contact of yours has confirmed case of COVID-19.Usually, any symptoms of Covid appear within 2 weeks or less after an exposure or infection. But many people who get this coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, don’t have any symptoms. So self-quarantine should last for 14 days to allow time to confirm, without testing, that you don’t have it or can’t spread to others.
During this time, you should:
- Stay home unless you absolutely must leave, such as for essential medical appointments
- Separate yourself from other household members and pets
- Use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible
- Not share utensils, dishes, cups/glasses, bedding, towels, and other personal items
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your area daily, including phones, remote controls, countertops, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom handles, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables
- Wash your hands well with soap often, including after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, and before and after eating.Take your temperature twice a day to check for a fever. Be on the lookout for other signs of coronavirus infection, such as dry cough and shortness of breath. C0ntact your gp and arrange to do a test.
- If you show no symptoms during your 14 days, you can resume your normal routine.You must still adhere to public health advice: wear a mask, wash hands alot and social distance from others.
People travelling into Ireland should be required to self-isolate for 14 days at a “designated facility”, public health officials suggested to Government earlier this month. Of course, they did but the government put the economy before public health. Now we have an increase in Covid cases, no surprises!!
Our chief medical officer, Dr.Tony Holohan, has warned the reintroduction of overseas travel is a “major threat to public health and increases the risk of a potential second-wave” of Covid-19 in Ireland. He was ignored!
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