Understand Social Distancing, Isolation and Quarantining

Originating from Wuhan in China, the Coronavirus has the world in a vice-like grip. In order to stop the rapid spread of this virus, the WHO has suggested frequent hand washing and social distancing. 

However, if you are confused between social distancing, isolation and quarantine. This guide should sort you out.


  • For people who don’t have symptoms but have come in contact with an infected person.
  • Lasts for 14 days minimum, the quarantined person must always maintain a 6-feet-distance
  • Stay in one room, do no interact with anyone in the house.

Social Isolation

  • To be practised by people who are sick but have not tested positive for the pandemic.
  • Must stay indoors and limit human interaction for at least 7 days
  • People who are self-isolating should not leave their house — even for a solitary walk
  • If staying with roommates, stay 6-feet away at all times

Social Distancing

  • For people who are not yet exposed to the virus, as a precautionary measure to avoid contracting the virus from an infected person.
  • Limited human interaction as schools, offices, and public places are cordoned off.
  • You can still engage in daily activities like walking, gardening, etc. 
  • Avoid unnecessary social gatherings.

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