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What’s The Difference Between Social Distancing, Isolation & Quarantine?
Author: Simon Purchon
With all that’s going on in the world now, everyone needs to understand what the differences between Social Distancing, Isolation and Quarantine are.
There is a difference between each of these terms and we’ll explain the difference below.
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing should be practised by everyone, whether or not they are exposed to the virus.
Social Distancing includes avoiding handshakes, crowds and staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from people.
Working from home/Remote Working has been recommended by the government when possible and if showing any symptoms, you should be self-isolating.
What is Isolation?
Isolation is for those who have been either diagnosed with COVID-19 or showing symptoms of the virus.
Isolation serves as a deterrent to keep the infected away from the healthy in order to stop the spread of the virus. This applies to anyone living with someone showing symptoms, anyone with an underlying health condition or anyone over the age of 70.
What is Quarantine?
Quarantine is the restriction on the movement of people, which is intended to prevent the spread of disease. Preventing the movement of those who may have been exposed to a COVID-19, but do not have a confirmed case.
This is the current situation in countries like Italy & Spain to which they have issued a nationwide quarantine and restricted everyone from leaving their homes as much as they can.
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