Do You Need to Self Quarantine During The Coronavirus?

If you or your family member have been exposed to the coronavirus you need to self quarantine yourself.

I recently published,"I'm Not Afraid of the Coronavirus and You Shouldn't be Either,"on my Morning Coffee Beans website.

In the story I tried to cover everything about what the coronavirus is, how to protect ourselves and what to do, if you are exposed to the virus.

If you or your family member have been exposed to the coronavirus you need to self quarantine yourself. I recently published,“I’m Not Afraid of the Coronavirus and You Shouldn’t be Either,”on my Morning Coffee Beans website. In the story I tried to cover everything about what the coronavirus is, how to protect ourselves and what to do, if you are...

My point was to help people not to be afraid, but instead to be informed.

However, a reader sent me another perspective of why people are still afraid. She said she had been doing all the things to protect herself, including hand washing etc. and yet she was still exposed, because someone else didn't take the virus seriously enough.

"Actually I am finding people are not taking this serious enough. I have recently been quarantined because someone with it decided it was just a "cold" and did not need to stay home. They poo pooed the ease with which this is spreading and have now exposed me," she writes.

"I have come down with the symptoms and am being monitored. For the past three weeks I have been EXTRA careful with hand washing etc. So yes, knowing how careful I have been, and now I may be infected because someone did not think it a big deal. It does make me angry. I don't think it is being blown out of proportion at all. "

People with the coronavirus are being quarantined when needed to be but, in fact, we don't have to be infected with the coronavirus to be quarantined.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) quarantines are meant to restrict the movement of people who have been exposed to the coronavirus but haven’t yet tested positive.

The CDC is asking that people who have been exposed to the coronavirus restrict their movement for 14 days in order not to expose others, but some people are not adhering to this advice.

This is what the reader above was upset about. In this situation she has a right to be angry and afraid.

The biggest lifestyle change in self quarantine is the lack of mobility. The CDC recommends restricting activities outside your home, except when you need to go to the doctor.

"Do not go to work, school or public areas," the CDC advises. "Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis."

Another reader wrote, "We definitely need to be concerned as well as use common sense. This virus will kill more people with underlying problems than the flu, if we are not careful. It's happening now because of the fact that there is no vaccine."

I was talking with my son a few days ago and he was expressing his concern for his children going to school during the coronavirus epidemic. "I think this is a time I could be persuaded to home school our children, he said. I am afraid that other parents might let their kids come to school even though they are sick and that our children might become infected."

Not being afraid of this virus is not just about knowing the facts and protecting ourselves and our families, but it is also about being responsible and not infecting those we come in contact with.

I get so angry when I realize the person beside me on the interstate is weaving back and forth across the road because they are driving and texting, at the same time. Their irresponsibility is putting me in danger, as well as themselves. Even though I am driving responsibly and following the rules, I am afraid.

Please don't be like the persons you see on the interstate being irresponsible with their lives and maybe yours too by texting and driving. We need to take care of ourselves and be respectful of others who, just like us, are trying to get through a difficult time.


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Deana Landers
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Story Comments

  1. It's the people not using common sense that are such a disappointment when the rest of us are doing the right thing. There's a petition going around in one of our provinces to make golf an 'essential service'. The only service that would be fulfilling is to line the pockets of those that own the golf courses. Unbelievable how selfish some people can be. We all need to take this seriously to ensure things get better.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you for your comment. You are right, Sara. We are taking it seriously. Please take care of yourself. I really like your website. Deana

  2. Linda Ellis -

    We can be careful but we do have to get food and medicine. Social distancing is one thing but people themselves might not know if they have been exposed. Of course, we still must practice caution and stay home as much as possible. It takes one person to infect you--how would you know?

    • Deana Landers -

      Linda, the most we can do is practice the health behaviors, which include washing our hands and keeping them away from our face. Do what we have to do and keep to ourselves and family. We don't know who has been exposed which is why we take responsibility for our health behaviors. And if you have some health issues call your doctor and ask them what to do. Thank you for writing and commenting. God Bless, Deana

  3. Jenny Chandler -

    In the UK kids are still going to school. I see this as dipping the kids in the coronavirus pool everyday to become little transmitters.

    • Deana Landers -

      Jenny, I read a statement that said, “We will never know if we have overreacted but we will know if we underreacted to the coronavirus." I think we need to be careful. Thank you for reading and responding. Deana

  4. Maria -

    Thanks for posting a follow up! Well written. It’s tough situation and hopefully people will stay home.

    • Deana Landers -

      Maria, I read a statement this morning that said, “We will never know if we have overreacted but we will know if we underreacted to the coronavirus.” We all have to be extra careful right now, but it will get better. Thank you for you response. Deana

  5. Well said Deana. When we had our first confirmed case in South Africa 10 days ago so much has changed here. So many of us were blase about the whole thing, but not anymore. The Bank I work for has even put sanitizers everywhere and many of us are allowed to work from home too. We're all super conscious of coughing and sneezing and wash our hands like crazy :-) We can stop this if we all do our bit.

    • Deana Landers -

      Michelle, I didn't realize you still live in South Africa. I get a lot of comments and mail from Africa. I read a statement this morning that said, "We will never know if we have overreacted but we will know if we underreacted to the coronavirus." We all have to be extra careful right now, but it will get better. Thank you, Deana

  6. Carolyn Dowd -

    Your story was right on time! President Trump declared national emergency today👍

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