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Your Covid-19 questions answered

If multiple people in my household are positive, can they isolate together or do they have to be separated?

Family members who are infected with Covid-19 can quarantine together and do not need to be individually isolated.
Family members who are infected with Covid-19 can quarantine together and do not need to be individually isolated.
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According to Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, family members who are infected with Covid-19 can quarantine together and do not need to be individually isolated.

Cabinet recently approved several changes to quarantine guidelines. These in include; those who test positive with no symptoms do not have to isolate and contacts do not have to isolate unless they develop symptoms.

“If you test positive with symptoms, the isolation period has been reduced from 10 to 7 days,” it added.

The Johns Hopkins University experts said the goal of quarantining is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“The goal of isolation is to avoid infecting people who are not already infected. Isolating separately is challenging, so if multiple people in a household have confirmed Covid-19, it’s fine for them to isolate together.”

It advised that if one household member has Covid-19, that person be isolated from others in the home.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) recommends that recommends that those in quarantine isolate in a different room and avoid all physical contact and interaction with others.

It is important to be able to contact a healthcare provider while in isolation, in case hospitalisation is needed. 

If a person does not have their own room at home, they should admit themselves to government facilities.


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