Understanding the difference between Quarantine & Isolation


Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19 by being in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

If you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19:

Isolation separates an individual who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 (and may have no symptoms) away from others, even in their own home.

If you are sick and think or know you have COVID-19:
  • Stay home until after
    • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
    • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
    • Symptoms have improved
If you tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms
  • Stay home until after
    • 10 days have passed since your positive test
If you live with others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people or animals, including pets. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

Check the NH Department of Health and Human Services' isolation guide for additional information

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