MONDAY, March 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans are choosing -- or have been told -- to self-quarantine to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Doctors at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston break down what that is supposed to look like.
Isolation separates sick people from those who are not sick, while quarantine restricts the movement of people exposed to a contagious disease to monitor if they become sick, said Dr. Luis Ostrosky, a professor of infectious diseases.
His colleague, Dr. Susan Wootton, an infectious disease pediatrician, explains how to self-quarantine:
It is especially important to monitor your health if you may have had close contact with a person who has been exposed to or developed COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough and trouble breathing.
"Infection control and prevention efforts by patients with COVID-19, their household members and their health care providers, in combination with contact tracing activities, are key to limiting the community spread of disease," Wootton said in a university news release.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on COVID-19.
SOURCE: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, news release, March 9, 2020