The Difference Between Quarantine and Isolation

Quarantine

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Quarantine means to stay home.

You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus.

Quarantine Guidelines:

MDH recommends that people should complete a 14-day quarantine if they were not fully vaccinated (less than two weeks after completing a vaccination series, which is two doses in a two-dose series or one dose in a one-dose series) at the time of exposure and if they were within 6 feet of someone contagious with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over the course of a day (24 hours).

If someone is fully vaccinated and is exposed, they do not need to quarantine if BOTH of the following are met:

  • The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed AND
  • They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

If someone has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and is exposed again, they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

  • Their illness was laboratory confirmed in the past 90 days AND
  • They have fully recovered AND
  • They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Student FAQ's for Screening, Testing and Notification

Employee FAQ's for Screening, Testing and Notification


Isolation

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Isolation means to stay away from other people.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

You isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms. To assist with maintaining a healthy campus community, the University asks students, employees, and visitors to follow our notification procedures to assist with any response to positive COVID-19 cases.

Isolation Guidelines

MDH guidelines state if you have COVID-19, stay home until all three of these things are true:

  • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better AND
  • It has been 10 days since you tested positive for COVID-19 AND
  • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.

Student FAQ's for Screening, Testing and Notification

Employee FAQ's for Screening, Testing and Notification