What is home quarantine?
Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have not developed symptoms from others who have not been exposed, in order to prevent the possible spread of that disease.
- Quarantine is usually established for the incubation period of the communicable disease, which is the span of time during which people have developed illness after exposure. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure, because 14 days is the longest incubation period seen for similar coronaviruses.
- Someone who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others because they have not developed illness during the incubation period.
If required to stay under home quarantine, follow these guidelines to monitor your health and practice social distancing:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day and record any symptoms in a health log. Monitor your symptoms for presence of cough, difficulty breathing and changes in body temperature.
- If you develop a fever above 100.4 degrees F or need medical assistance while in quarantine, please call your local healthcare provider to determine if you should leave the premises to seek medical attention. If you need after-hours assistance, The Ochsner On Call 24-hour help line can be reached at 1-800-888-2772.
- Stay home and do not leave your quarantine location for any nonessential reason. Do not go to work or school and refrain from travel during the quarantine period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
- Limit contact with other people as much as possible.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares; keep your distance from others (about 6 feet).
- Look for remote options for things such as worship, grocery shopping, etc.
- If available, wear a face mask when using a shared bathroom, attending a health care appointment, etc.