Self-quarantine is a practice used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. It helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.
When to Self-Quarantine
- You are exhibiting one or more Coronavirus Symptoms
- Someone in your household is lab confirmed or suspected/presumed to have COVID-19
- You have been in “close contact” with someone who has been lab confirmed or suspected/presumed to have COVID-19 (See Potential Exposure to Coronavirus)
- You have returned from international travel
When to Self-Isolate
- You are lab confirmed to have COVID-19
- You are suspected/presumed to have COVID-19 due to presence of Coronavirus Symptoms
- Stay home and separate yourself from others in your home.
- Do not come to class or work; do not participate in any campus activities or come to campus.
- If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are waiting for test results, or have Coronavirus Symptoms, CDC guidance for isolation recommends staying in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people or animals, including pets. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Monitor any symptoms you might be experiencing and if they develop or worsen then call your healthcare provider BEFORE seeking in-person care.
- Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
- Follow the guidelines in What to Do If I’m Sick.
- Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of self-quarantine/isolation.
- Stay away from public areas including grocery stores, malls, theaters and large public gathering spaces.
- Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Postpone any travel. If you travel and become ill, you may not be able to return home.
- Employees should contact their supervisor as soon as possible; depending upon the circumstances, an employee may continue to work remotely if approved to do so.
- Students should ask professors for permission to perform academic work remotely. Students who do not feel comfortable contacting professors directly can contact the Self-Quarantine Academic Coordinator for assistance: Travelhealthservices@uh.edu
Returning to Campus
See Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation for when the self-quarantine/isolation will end and what is required before the UH community member is allowed to return to work/class/activities on campus.