COVID-19 Checklist for Isolation or Quarantine
Top 5 Things You Can Do If You Are Isolated or Quarantined
Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, strongly recommends that people who are isolated or quarantined take the following actions:
- Keep your distance. Stay in your bedroom and use a bathroom separate from the one used by other members of your household, if possible. Wear a face mask when around others and try to stay at least 6 feet away. Have someone else in the home prepare meals and leave them outside your bedroom door. Don’t share bedding, towels, dishes, or water bottles with others. If something is shared, wash it with soap and water before each use by a separate person.
- Do not leave your home (unless necessary for medical care). Ask family, friends, or community groups to help with needs by leaving supplies outside your door.
- Limit visitors to those who are necessary. Have them wash their hands when they enter and leave; wear a face mask and stay at least 6 feet away. If they have symptoms of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, ask them not to come.
- Wipe down high-touch areas every day with a disinfectant. This includes doorknobs; light switches; phones; remote controls; appliance, sink, toilet, and cabinet handles; countertops, etc.
- Limit contact with pets. If you do interact with pets, wear a facemask, and wash your hands before and after.
For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
- Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
- Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
- Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
- Call before visiting your doctor
- Practice good hygiene habits