What Does It Mean to Be Asked to Self-Quarantine?

No “quick” trips to the office or school, no shopping, no visiting friends and even family. If you must come out of your room, wear a mask. You can still live with your family during self-quarantine, but a room must be designated for your exclusive use. A bathroom should be, too, if possible. And don’t share towels. Every surface you cough on or touch could become contaminated with the virus. You should have no visitors, and keep three to six feet away from others.

Do’s

-All household residents living with you QUARANTINE at this time.
Including spouse, children and anyone living at the home
-Cancel or reschedule appointments
-Use telehealth for medical appointments, when possible
-If you must be around other people — in your home, or in a car, because you’re on your way to see a doctor (only after you have called) — you should wear a mask, and everyone else should, too.
-Make arrangements for prescriptions, meals and other necessities to be dropped off outside your door
-If you or anyone in your household experiences respiratory distress, call 911

Don’ts

-Do not go to work, even for a little while
-Do not take a child to daycare/private sitter
-Do not go through drive thru windows for food or prescriptions
-Do not go to grocery stores
-Do not get together with others that have been quarantined
-Do not come back to the medical clinic or ER, call 911 to expedite your care

You are not alone, millions of other Americans have also been asked to stay home in an effort to stem the disease’s spread. Coryell Health medical staff will continue to check on, by phone and follow the symptoms of, all patients suspected of having the virus.

Self-quarantine essentially means that people believed to be exposed to the virus should stay at home in isolation for the virus’ 14-day incubation period. Scientists say one reason it’s so difficult to control the spread of the coronavirus is that many infected people only show mild symptoms — or no symptoms at all. Health officials, including Coryell Health, are using this measure as a precaution — even when in many cases, you haven’t officially contracted the virus. Understandably, 14 days in self-quarantine can be unpleasant, but a necessary step to protect yourself, those you love and your community.

Family members and other occupants should monitor the patient’s symptoms and call us, if they see a turn for the worse.

Resources:
Respiratory/COVID-19 24/7 Hotline (254) 248-6263 ǀ
Coryell Health Clinic Telehealth (254) 865-2166
Coronavirus Online Screening Tool http://coryellhealth.org/covid-19-screening