Self-quarantine requires you to stay away from situations where you may come in close contact with others such as: social gatherings, work, school, child care/pre-school centers, university and other education providers, faith-based gatherings, aged care and health care facilities, prisons, sports gatherings, restaurants and all public gatherings.

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Self-quarantine

Self-quarantine is a precautionary measure aimed at preventing the risk of infection from spreading and it's recommended if you have:

  • Visited a medium or high-risk country
  • Transited through a medium or high-risk airport
  • Been in close contact with a person who has been in high and medium risk countries and there is cause to believe the person was/is infected with the Coronavirus.

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Do's and Don'ts of self-quarantine

During a period of self-quarantine, as much as possible, you must:

  • Limit contact with people
  • If you share your home with other household members, limit physical contact with them
  • Wear a face mask to prevent the risk of spreading infection and dispose of it properly
  • Avoid public places mentioned above
  • Wash utensils thoroughly with soap and hot water
  • Clean frequently visited areas thoroughly e.g. bathroom, lounge, kitchen.

It is important that you and your family practice enhanced hygiene measures during this period:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with water and soap
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue in a bin or toilet. Wash your hands immediately afterwards
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Please encourage the members of your household, family and friends to do the same.

Should you develop symptoms during your self-quarantine period, urgently consult with a medical practitioner.

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Self-quarantine and your mental health

People respond differently to stressful situations that require social distancing and self-quarantine.

  • Anxiety, worry, or fear related to your own health status
  • The health status of others whom you may have exposed to the disease
  • Time taken off from work and the potential loss of income and job security
  • The challenges of securing things you need, such as groceries and personal care items
  • The anxiety of returning to work and the possible stigmas associated.

The best way to overcome these emotions is to empower yourself about the illness and the actual risk to others. We also advise that you speak to a counsellor if the feelings overwhelm you or you struggle to cope.

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