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Learn The Differences Between Social Distancing v. Self Quarantine in Chattanooga

Social Distancing v. Self Quarantine in Chattanooga

Social & Physical Distancing

The CDC’s strongly recommends everyone to maintain social and physical distancing in minimize those infected by COVID-19. This means to increase the physical space between one another to avoid the spread of illness. For COVID-19, the recommendation is to stay at least 6 feet away from others, postpone large gatherings, work/learn from home if possible, connect with others virtually, and other lifestyle changes. Everyone should be practicing social and physical distancing.

Flattening the curve refers to slowing the rate of COVID-19 infection so hospitals have the space, supplies, and doctors for all patients needing care. Practicing social and physical distance is key to ensuring a large number of people do not get sick at once and overwhelm hospitals.

Self-Quarantine

Anyone who may have been in contact or has a member in their home with COVID-19, should practice self-quarantine. This includes staying home and self-monitoring your symptoms for 14 days. If symptoms develop, take your temperature and call your Galen provider. If severe symptoms (severe shortness of breath) develop, put on mask and go to the nearest emergency room.

Follow these steps for self-quarantine:

  1. Stay home — do not go to work, school, stores, churches, restaurants or public areas (including fast food drive throughs).
  2. Stay away from those who are high-risk of getting sick from COVID-19
  3. Practice standard hygiene and wash hands frequently.
  4. Cough or sneeze into the fold of your elbow.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  6. Avoid sharing towels, utensils, or other everyday items.
  7. Monitor your symptoms: Fever, cough and respiratory symptoms.
  8. Call 911 or go to the nearest ER if you become severely short of breath.
  9. Put on a facemask before you enter the healthcare facility in order to help protect others in the waiting room.

Self-Isolation

If you have been diagnosed with, waiting for test results for, or have symptoms related to COVID-19, it is important for you to stay at home, follow quarantine and isolate to prevent further spread.

Follow these steps for self-isolation:

  1. Stay home — Do Not Go to Work, School, Stores, Churches, Restaurants or other Public Areas (including fast food drive throughs).
  2. Stay in touch with your provider. Call before you get medical care.
  3. Practice home isolation – Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in your household if possible.
  4. Practice standard hygiene and wash hands frequently.
  5. Wear facemasks when around others.
  6. Cough or sneeze into the fold of your elbow
  7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  8. Avoid sharing towels, utensils, or other everyday items.
  9. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day
  10. Monitor your symptoms: Fever, cough and respiratory symptoms.
  11. Call 911 or go to the nearest ER if you become severely short of breath.
  12. Put on a facemask before you enter the healthcare facility in order to help protect others in the waiting room.

Since we understand how this virus passes from one person to the next through respiratory droplets, infected individuals must be hyper vigilant to not spread the illness to others within their households and outside of them. These respiratory droplets that carry the virus can stay in the air after a cough or sneeze is emitted by an infected person. The droplets can also live on surfaces for up to several days if not properly cleaned.

If infected persons are strong enough to stand and get around safely, it is recommended that they stay in separate bedrooms, stocked with all the things they might need— food, water, tissues, medications, and sanitizers, as well as masks and cleaners. Caregivers should wear face masks and gloves whenever necessary and surfaces should be disinfected regularly to help contain the virus. Be sure to contact your medical provider for advice if your condition begins to worsen.


Learn more about covid-19 from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html