Covid-19 response

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

  • 1.  What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

    Posted 12-10-2020 13:17
    Isolation is required for people who have contracted Covid-19 and have displayed symptoms or have tested positive.
    Quarantine applies to people who have been "in close contact" with carriers of the virus.
    Close contact is defined as is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (even with a cloth mask) for a total of 15 minutes or more. The exposure time is cumulative from successive exposures.


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    Tim Atkinson
    NYSVMS
    Albany NY
    518-869-7867
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