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How To Quarantine Yourself At Home To Protect Against The Coronavirus

You hear it from every source imaginable. To avoid the risk of contamination from the coronavirus, you must — first and foremost — WASH YOUR HANDS.

You also want to avoid contact with other people as much as possible. I don’t mean freak out, and don’t socialize. I mean be careful. Use common sense.

This is for YOUR protection, as well as the protection of others.

The CDC suggests QUARANTINE if you have been exposed to the coronavirus, to protect others from contracting the virus.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

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But How Do You Go About Quarantining Yourself?

First, you should stay in ONE room of your house. If possible, this should be away from other people. Close that door.

Use your own, dedicated bathroom, if at all possible. This will help contain the germs to one area that nobody else uses.

Avoid pets. I know, this is a *Sad Face* moment, but this is to protect them as well as other people.

Although there have been no reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19, it is recommended, for now, that people sick with COVID-19 limit their contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

Wear a face mask. This will further prevent the spread of germs in the air.

Avoid visitors in your home as much as possible — unless COMPLETELY necessary.

When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. IMMEDIATELY throw the tissue in garbage. ALWAYS wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after you cough or sneeze.

You want to avoid sharing household items with others, like dishes, cups, and silverware. If you use these items. they should immediately be washed.

Frequently clean “High Touch” surfaces like toilet handles, countertops, refrigerator handles, and phones with a disinfectant that is known to kill the coronavirus.

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If it is necessary to go out in public — like to a doctor visit — call ahead to see what their protocol is. Let them know you are in quarantine.

You may also be asked to quarantine yourself, if there is a suspected outbreak in your area.

To figure out when to stop your isolation measures, the CDC says this will be on a case-by-case basis, so you should check with your health care provider before making any changes. 

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If you have ANY questions, check with your Primary Care Physician.

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