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Understanding Social Distancing, Isolation, Quarantine, Flattening the Curve and More

March 23, 2020

I thought understanding some of the words was a great idea. Thank you.

Loreeebee on health and wellness, gardens and grandkids

In light of the COVID-19 virus running rampant through the world, we must heed the advice of experts to separate fact and necessity from fiction and inconvenience.

Isolation vs Quarantine

This definition comes from CDC (Center for Disease Control):

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.


Simply put, isolation and quarantine are similar in their goal of limiting the spread of disease, but isolation is generally reserved for those already known to be sick (showing symptoms).

Social Distancing

Social distancing means reducing contact with others by staying away from large groups of people. The goal is to reduce the opportunity for spreading of a disease. This includes sporting events, parties, conferences, meetings, church, movie theatres, parades, festivals, and public transit. In…

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