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Coronavirus Outbreak: Know The Difference Between Social distancing, Self-Isolation and Quarantine

Spreading rapidly from Wuhan in China to Iran, Italy and almost the entire world, global pandemic Coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the globe. More than 33,25,000 people have been infected by the deadly virus and over 2,34,000 have lost their lives globally. As the virus spreads very fast from human to human transmission, experts and authorities have been urging people to practice quarantine, self-isolation and social distancing. Here is what these three very important terms mean:

Social distancing

People who are not yet exposed to the virus practice social distancing as a precautionary measure to avoid contracting the virus from an infected person. The governments are closing schools, enforcing work from home and cancelling gatherings under the social distancing. This limits human interaction in order to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, you can still engage in activities, like taking a walk, gardening, or going for a hike and can still spend time with roommates or family members you live with. However, all interactions beyond this should be avoided and all unnecessary in-person social engagements should be cancelled.


Self-isolation is normally practised by people who are sick but are not tested positive for the pandemic. They are told to stay indoors and limit human interaction for at least 7 days. Unlike social distancing, people who are self-isolating should not leave their house — even for a solitary walk. The CDc recommends the only reason anyone who is self-isolating with the virus should leave their place of isolation is for emergencies. If you have roommates, you should stay at least six feet away from them to ensure they don’t become infected as well. 


People who don’t have symptoms but have come in contact with an infected person should quarantine themselves for at least 14 days. A person under quarantine cannot go outside or even have contact with those living in your home, according to the CDC. People under quarantine should maintain six feet of distance from anyone. If possible, it’s best for the person in quarantine to stay in one room of the house alone if they live with other people and stay in there for the two-week period. Everything that the quarantined person could have touched must be disinfected.  

(Curated by Priya Pareek)