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K-State Today

September 1, 2020

What are isolation and quarantine?

Submitted by Division of Communications and Marketing

Isolation involves separating sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Quarantine involves separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.  

You should be in isolation if: 

  • You tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • You have symptoms, have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results.  

You should be in quarantine if: 

  • You have been in close contact with another person who has COVID-19. You should be tested, too. If the test is positive, then you should move into isolation. If the test is negative, remain in quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with the positive individual.   
  • You are traveling or returning to Kansas from a high-risk area. You must self-quarantine for 14 days as mandated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. 

If you have questions about isolation and quarantine, call Lafene Health Center at 785-532-6544 or call your health care provider.  

Learn more about isolation and quarantine and your health and wellness around COVID-19.