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Personal Support for COVID-19 Pandemic

Resources for individuals, families, children, teens, health care providers, health care workers, first responders, emergency responders, disaster responders and essential workers to assist with pandemic related issues. Mental health, stress, coping.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Social Distancing

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

Quarantine

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Someone in self-quarantine stays separated from others, and they limit movement outside of their home or current place. A person may have been exposed to the virus without knowing it (for example, when traveling or out in the community), or they could have the virus without feeling symptoms. Quarantine helps limit further spread of COVID-19.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate sick people from healthy people. People who are in isolation should stay home. In the home, anyone sick should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick” bedroom or space and using a different bathroom (if possible).

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Authors

Maya A. Wilder, Reference / Instructional Librarian

Tabitha Ochtera, Electronic Resources Librarian / Digital Commons Curator

Theresa A. Rienzo, Associate Librarian / Health Sciences Librarian

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