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The difference between self-isolation and self-quarantine

The concerns of COVID-19 bring out questions and concerns about what to do when asked to be isolated or quarantined.

NORFOLK, Va. — The coronavirus continues to bring concerns about staying home sick and for how long. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says some people who are sick should practice self-isolation. This means stay home until you get better. 

Many of the coronavirus cases have involved self-quarantine. This is when a person must stay at home for 14 days. The length of time is to see if they get the virus or a variation of sickness. 

The Department of Homeland Security recommends you have a two-week supply of food, water, and medicine. That includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines. 

The CDC advises people to try and say in one room, disinfect surfaces, doorknobs, and tables. Also, keep a distance away from other family or friends in the house. 

The World Health Organization also encourages practicing Social Distancing. This is a recommendation that says for a person to be three feet from another person who is coughing or sneezing.

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