What to Do if You or a Member of Your Household Is in Self-Quarantine Versus Self-Isolation

Self-quarantine for 14 days at home after your last known contact with someone with COVID-19

Watch for symptoms

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. For the latest information, please visit the CDC website.

If you become ill during the 14-day period

You can call your doctor to make arrangements for testing. If you are having trouble breathing, or have other severe symptoms, call your doctor. Do not go to a medical facility before calling your doctor or hospital first. While you wait for your test result, move into self-isolation. You will receive results in 24 to 48 hours.

Results for testing done at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics will be in your myDH account. Please be sure that your contact information is up to date in myDH. If you do not have a myDH account, your provider will call you with the results. For more information about how to set up a myDH account, visit www.mydh.org.

Family members at home

If you or a family member are self-quarantined at home, you or your family members cannot leave the home. If there are other household members who are not in quarantine, they may leave the home as long as they have no symptoms.

If possible, stay away from people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

These people include:

  • Those 65 years and older
  • Those who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Those with underlying medical conditions such as:
    • Compromised immune system
    • Diabetes
    • Heart conditions
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Lung disease
    • Severe obesity

If you or your family member are well after the 14-day self-quarantine, you can go back to your regular life’s activities as long as you continue to feel well. Keep in mind the COVID-19 guidelines set by your state.

Self-isolation while you or a family member are sick with COVID-19

  • If anyone has had close contact with the person who is sick (within 6 feet of the infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the person was isolated) they will need to go into quarantine for 14 days.
  • Anyone else in the household of someone who has or suspected to have COVID-19 needs to self-quarantine.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth any time you are around other people or animals.

Severe symptoms

If you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, go to your local emergency department or call 911 immediately and tell the dispatcher that you may have COVID-19.