What should I do if I have no symptoms, but I think I have been exposed to COVID-19? What does it mean to self-quarantine?

To self-quarantine means to separate yourself from others because you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 even though you, yourself, do not have symptoms.During self-quarantine you monitor yourself for symptoms.  The goal of the self-quarantine is to prevent transmission.  Since people who become ill with COVID-19 can infect people immediately self-quarantine can prevent some infections from happening.  .

In this case:

  • Have a large, well-ventilated single room with hand hygiene and toilet facilities
  • If this is not available place beds at least 1 metre apart.
  • Keep at least 1-metre distance from others, even from your family members.
  • Monitor your symptoms daily
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you feel healthy
  • If you develop difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider immediately – call them first if possible.
  • Stay positive and energized by keeping in touch with loved ones by phone or online, and by exercising yourself at home.

However, if you live in an area with malaria or dengue fever it is important that you do not ignore symptoms of fever.  Seek medical help.  When you attend the health facility wear a mask if possible, keep at least 1 metre distant from other people and do not touch surfaces with your hands. If it is a child who is sick help the child stick to this advice.


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