How To Self-Quarantine If You Are Showing Coronavirus Signs And Symptoms

If you have cough, fever or shortness of breath within two to 14 days after exposure, then you might be at risk of getting infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Even with healthcare systems in place to assist you, your cooperation is just as vital as the tireless and valuable efforts of healthcare workers, local and public health officials in containing the spread of coronavirus in the country. 

With these in mind, the CDC and public health experts said that it is time to self-quarantine, or isolate yourself from others at home. 

"Essentially, public health officials are telling those showing symptoms of respiratory illness to quarantine themselves. It doesn’t matter if you have a cold or the flu, COVID-19 or even allergies. Stay home if you’re showing symptoms and for a few days after symptoms have ceased," Dr. Aimee Sisson, health officer at Placer County, California, said in an interview with The Sacramento Bee.

According to the CDC, you should stay home from work, school or other activities if you are mildly ill, and isolate yourself from family members or roommates by sticking to only one room in your home. If possible, you should even use a separate bathroom. 

If you believe you are sick, you should contact your healthcare provider first before you leave home to seek medical care. "If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed," the CDC said. 

The CDC also suggested wearing a face mask when around other people and avoid public transportation if you have to leave home for a medical appointment, as well as washing your hands for at least 20 seconds "especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food." 

When near "high touch" surfaces, it is important to clean and disinfect them. These include countertops, doorknobs, tablets and phones. 

You may also have to stay away from pets if you have at least one. Even though there are no confirmed cases of animals getting sick with the coronavirus, health officials advised against petting, snuggling or sharing food with pets until more is known about the virus. 

If you need food or groceries while under self-quarantine, you may have to use delivery services such as Postmates and Instacart. Both offer a no-contact delivery service and have your items left outside your doorstep. 

Self-quarantining applies as well if you have been exposed to the virus but shown no symptoms, keeping yourself holed up at home for at least 14 days to check if symptoms emerge. If you do develop symptoms, the CDC advised staying at home until a healthcare provider gives the go signal for you to leave, adding that the "risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low."

COVID-19 Estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that nearly 3.4 percent of patients with COVID-19 worldwide have died because of the infection. Pixabay