What is the Difference Between Quarantine and Isolation?
There have been lots of new words in the public domain since March 2020 with isolation and quarantine being two of them. Often used interchangeably, these two terms do actually have quite different meanings. However, isolation and quarantine share the fact that they are both public health practices used to protect people by limiting or preventing exposure to those who may have or have had a contagious disease. If you are worried about your health and how vulnerable you will be this winter due to Covid-19, then use our private GP service in Stratford or our private doctor services in Banbury and enjoy a leisurely appointment at a time that suits you to discuss all your health issues. PTMD also offers Covid-19 testing services if you are experiencing any symptoms.
The definitions of self-isolation and self-quarantine are quite distinct:
- Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. This can be done within a hospital setting or at home
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick
Isolation has been the buzz word with Covid-19 as the UK government asks people who have been exposed to the disease to ‘self-isolate’ for 14 days – this means to self-quarantine essentially. Quarantine manages people who may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it or, more commonly, during the Coronavirus pandemic, have either been exposed to someone who has gone onto develop symptoms or who have developed symptoms themselves. Quarantine is also required for those who have been exposed and who may have the disease but who are not currently showing any symptoms, either because they haven’t developed them or because they are one of the many who contract Covid and who remain symptom-free, also called ‘asymptomatic’.
For Covid-19 testing services or if you are concerned about your health and want to arrange a quick and convenient GP appointment then take advantage of our private doctor services in Banbury and our private GP service in Strafford. Enjoy unhurried time with a private GP at a time to suit you without having to wait weeks for an appointment. Visit our website to find out more and you can also book online https://www.pharmacytomydoor.co.uk/