Self-Quarantine, Social Distancing, and Flattening the Curve OH MY : Part 1

This post was written by Nikta Rezakahn Khajeh , third year medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Self-Quarantine, Social Distancing, Flattening the Curve… We are hearing these phrases over and over again in the media in regards to coronavirus (COVID-19), but what do these phrases actually mean? Why should I care? Does what I do even matter? In this three part series, we’ll tackle and give you tips about all of these concepts!

What is Self-Quarantine? 

Coronavirus is tricky because it spreads very quickly through the air we share with others. Most people who have coronavirus do not show symptoms (ex. Cough, fever, shortness of breath) for up to 14 days. This means the virus can live inside your body and can be spread to others you come in contact with, without even realizing it. People all around the world are choosing to help slow the spread of coronavirus by self-quarantining. 

Self-quarantine is choosing to stay home, cancel events, and remove physical contact with others to reduce the spread of the virus. Most people get the virus by coming in contact with someone who has the virus but appears to be perfectly healthy.

Should I Self-Quarantine? 

You should self-quarantine if: 

  • You have been in contact with anyone outside your household within the last 14 days, this includes: 
    • Work 
    • Gym 
    • Travel 
    • Large Gatherings
    • Especially if you have been in contact with anyone who now has a cough, fever, shortness of breath or confirmed coronavirus 

You can self quarantine comfortably in your home for 14 days by: 

  • Working from home instead of going to the office
  • Completing classes online instead of going to school 
  • Doing at home work-outs instead of going to the gym 
  • Ordering food and groceries to be delivered to your house instead of going to the store 
  • Visiting friends and family through the internet instead of in person  
  • Practicing Social Distancing

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post on social distancing!

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