Like social-distancing, self-isolating requires you to stay at home and limiting contact with others by avoiding public places and staying away from other people.
The difference is that self-isolation is a way to keep yourself from possibly infecting others if you think you might be infected, or have tested positive for COVID-19 but are experiencing mild symptoms that can be treated at home.
How it's done -
If you show symptoms of the virus, self-isolate for 7 days.
Evaluate your condition after this period -
- if your temperature has returned to normal (37.2°C), you do not need to self-isolate for any longer but do continue practising self-isolation.
- if you still have a fever, continue self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal.
On the other hand, If you live with someone who displays symptoms, you'll need to self-isolate for 14 days starting from the day their symptoms first appeared. This is because it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear.
To help yourself stay well while you're at home:
- drink plenty of water to stay hydrated as you may become dehydrated as a result of the fever
- constantly monitor your symptoms and stay in touch with your healthcare provider to report on your status. Should your condition worsen, contact the COVID-19 emergency hotline for advice on what to do next.
- take paracetamol to help ease your symptoms
- stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media, to help you avoid feeling low or lonely
- Stay occupied – try activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films.
- If you need food or medicine during this time, order them by phone or online, or contact someone else and ask them to deliver the items to your house.
- Avoid overexertion though as this might lead to shortness of breath and worsen your condition.
- Make a list of all the essential contact numbers on your phone
- Lastly, stay up to date with the latest developments on COVID-19. You can do that here.