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Difference between quarantine and isolation

‘Quarantine’ refers to the 14 days that a person must:

  • Stay at home.
  • Monitor for symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with other people.

You will have to quarantine if you:

  • Are returning from outside Canada.
  • Have been in contact with a possible COVID-19 case.
  • Have been told to by your local public health authority.

‘Isolation’ is when you stay at home and limit contact with others because you have a symptom of COVID-19 and may have been exposed.


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