Stay at Home?

The state and federal government are implementing several prevention tactics that other countries have used to “flatten the curve” and reduce COVID-19 transmissions. This quick guide will help you learn how they work and the difference between them.

Stay at Home Order – Also known as “shelter in place.” Stay-at-Home orders and advisories require or recommend that people stay home except for certain essential activities, which include buying food, seeking medical care, and caring for others. These measures do not bar us from leaving our homes and in fact encourage us to take walks — provided we stay at least six feet away from anyone not in our household. The purpose is to limit transmissions by keeping people interacting closely ONLY with the other people in their household.

Social Distancing – Deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Social distancing is for everyone; not just people who feel sick. Wearing a mask, choosing outdoor meeting places, and staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19 or unknowingly passing the virus to others. Avoid gatherings, work/school from home if possible, visit loved ones electronically instead of in person or outside instead of inside, and cancel or postpone in-person events or group meetings.

Quarantine – The word quarantine may sound scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Quarantines are for people or groups who DON’T have symptoms but were exposed to the sickness. A quarantine keeps those people away from others so they don’t unknowingly infect anyone. It is an effective way to protect the public by stopping the spread of contagious diseases.

Isolation – Isolation is for people who are already sick. Staying in isolation keeps infected people away from healthy people to prevent the sickness from spreading.

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