Quarantine is a precautionary measure taken to stop the spread of a contagious disease. The UAE Government advises quarantining to those who may have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19. Violating home quarantine procedures is an act punishable by law.
Quarantine is a precautionary measure taken to stop the spread of a contagious disease. It involves restricting the movement of healthy people who may have been exposed to a communicable disease. People would be confined to a house or a hotel and be away from others for a certain period of time, usually 14 days in the case of COVID-19, in order to ensure that they are free of the disease.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Isolation is the separation of ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy, so that they do not infect others.
The UAE Government advises quarantining to those who may have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19. Quarantined people must download the ALHOSN app. They must monitor their health, follow the directions from the health authorities and contact a doctor if they show symptoms.
COVID-19 patients who did not develop any symptoms since they tested positive
those with mild cases of COVID-19, who have fully recovered from their symptoms without the use of fever-reducing medications
those who came in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, but did not develop any symptoms.
However, for patients of COVID-19 who were hospitalised due to either moderate, severe or critical symptoms, the duration of quarantine is 7 days after they get well and are discharged from the hospital.
If they develop symptoms during this period, they should revisit the healthcare facility for follow up.