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Stay Away! A Guide to Social Distancing, Self-Quarantine & Self-Isolation

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This information has been reviewed and approved by Lisa Maier, MD and Rosine Angbanzan, MPH (February 2022)

Stay Away! A Guide to Social Distancing, Self-Quarantine & Self-Isolation

Remember to cover coughs and sneezes, and wash hands often with soap and water. 

Social DistancingSelf-QuarantineSelf-Isolation
 Here's Why 
Prevents SpreadMonitors SymptomsPrevents Spread
Promotes Healing
 How Far Away & How Long? 
6+ Feet Away from Others,
Especially those with Symptoms
6+ Feet Away
10 Days at Home if Unvaccinated
Secluded from Others 5 Days, Fever Free & Improving; Follow Doctor’s Orders
 Your General Plan 
Keep a safe distance from others to avoid getting coughed or sneezed on, and limit the surfaces you touch that could spread germs.After exposure, if unvaccinated, stay home and at least six feet away from others for 5 days, even if you feel healthyAfter a lab test confirms you have COVID-19, isolate yourself away from others until you no longer have a fever and are not contagious.
 What Do You Need to Do? 
Keep Your Distance
  • Avoid groups of 10+
  • Use phone or digital communications
  • Replace hugs/handshakes with no-touch greetings
  • Work from home
  • Attend meetings and events by phone or computer
  • Cancel/postpone optional travel and non-urgent health appointments
  • Use drive-through, pickup or delivery options from stores and restaurants
  • Do not visit nursing homes, retirement or senior centers, or long-term care facilities
  • Go to the store at off-peak times when it is less busy
Monitor for Symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Tiredness

Contact your doctor if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Isolate from People & Pets
  • Use a separate bathroom
  • Sleep alone
  • Don’t share towels, dishes, drinks, etc.

Contact your doctor if you are not improving or another health condition is getting worse.
 Prevent Cabin Fever 
 Keep Routines & Schedules
Manage Stress
Games & Puzzles
Walk or Hike
Stream Movies
Sit Outside



The information on our website is medically reviewed and accurate at the time of publication. Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, information may have since changed. and your state’s health department may offer additional guidance.