ORANJESTAD – Department of Public Health explains the difference between isolation and quarantine.
Isolation is used to separate ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy. Isolation restricts the movement of ill persons to help stop the spread of certain diseases, like COVID -19.
When the person is not ill but may have been exposed to a communicable disease. The person is placed under quarantine to make sure he or she is not infected/ or sick. For the COVID-19, a quarantine of 14 days is recommended.
Recommendations for isolation and quarantine for COVID-19
Advice for persons with or without symptoms
Are you self-isolating because of the high risk of possibly being exposed to the novel Coronavirus - COVID -19?
These actions will help protect you and others inside and outside your house from getting the virus. What does self-isolating mean?
- Stay home or at temporary accommodation, do not go to work, school or public space.
- While at home or short-term accommodation, separate yourself from the people you live with.
- Use separate facilities (toilet or kitchen). If you use a shared toilet and bathroom, it is important to disinfect them every time you use them (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with), before being used by others.
- Use home delivery for your food, medicine and/ or other necessary products.
- Do not invite or allow visitors to enter your home or temporary accommodation.
- Stay away from your pets, if not possible, wash your hands before and after touching them.
Prevent the spread of the virus
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues immediately in a lined trash can.
- Do not share home utensils, towels, eating and drinking utensils, dishes, washcloths or bed linen.
- Use face masks in the presence of other people and only if you get instructions from health care professionals on how to wear it.
- Wash your hand with water and soap after using the toilet.
- Wash your hand with water and soap before cooking or eating.
- Take good care of your health and well-being.
For people with infection symptoms:
- Get enough rest till you feel better
- Drink enough liquids to urinate frequently
- Take paracetamol as prescribed to relieve pain and reduce fever
For all persons that are self-isolating:
- Keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or internet
- Take your hobby or items of personal interest home to keep you busy during this period
- Exercise regularly, it is good for your well-being, do not go to the gym.
Call the Call Center Coronavirus at 280-0101 for instructions if you have symptoms of dry cough or difficulty breathing after returning from a trip abroad or if you have been in contact with a patient who has tested positive for the COVID-19.
For the latest updates visit the website of the Department of Public Health www.arubacovid19.org.