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CDC: Quarantine and IsolationApril 6, 2020
AUTHORITY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
DATE PRODUCED: Last Reviewed September 29, 2017
TYPE: Info Sheet
THE QUESTIONS IT ANSWERS:
- What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?
SHORT DESCRIPTION: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines quarantine and isolation. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.