Quarantining is a key part of controlling the spread of COVID-19; however, if you are unfamiliar with it, it can be an unnerving process. Epidemiology Supervisor Jeni McDonald addressed some common concerns people might have about quarantine.
Q: I’ve been told that I need to quarantine. Does this mean I haven’t been careful enough when social distancing?
A: It is understandable that being placed in quarantine puts people at unease. It does not mean that you are unclean or that you are not following guidelines regarding masking and social distancing. It does not mean you are engaging in behaviors that brought this disease upon you. Many people will have to go through quarantine before the pandemic is over and not everyone will become sick.
Q: Should I be embarrassed if I do get the virus or have to quarantine?
A: COVID-19 does not discriminate in infecting people. People of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders and social-economic classes are susceptible even with following protocols to their strictest abilities. People are human, and this virus is opportunistic. You should not feel embarrassed if you do become ill or have to quarantine. This is a normal part in controlling this spread of this disease.
Q: I’m feeling sick, but I’m not sure if I have COVID, what should I do?
A: Do not be afraid to talk to your doctor and ask questions. Hiding that you are unwell could have larger repercussions in the community. It’s best to open, honest and have some grace for your fellow community members who are all adjusting together to a situation no one could ever truly be prepared for.
Q: I feel like my mental health is suffering from being in quarantine.
A: If you find that you are struggling more than normal with anxiety related to isolation and quarantine, there are services that can assist. All Douglas County residents can get free access to the myStrength app. Your mental health is important in this time as much as your physical health.