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A Practical Guide to Self-Isolation

By now you’ve probably heard the advice from experts that any Nova Scotian who has travelled outside of the province must self-isolate for 14 days when they return. But what exactly does self-isolation mean? And why does it matter so much?

In a nutshell, self-isolation means you go nowhere and see no one. That might sound extreme, but it’s the best way to slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

It’s about making sure our hospitals can not only take care of the Nova Scotians who will get seriously sick from COVID-19, but also the Nova Scotians who will still need care for regular medical emergencies during this pandemic.

Who needs to self-isolate for 14 days?

How do you self-isolate?

Why does it matter?

For weeks, COVID-19 has been making thousands of people sick around the world. It’s now reached every province in Canada. If you’ve travelled abroad, there’s a chance you might have come in contact with someone who has the virus. Being in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19 in airports and on airplanes is one of the ways this virus spreads.

We all have a role to play

Self-isolating keeps you from infecting people around you, especially people most at risk of becoming seriously ill or dying if they get COVID-19: people who are over age 65, and anyone with a weak immune system or conditions like lung disease, diabetes, cancer and asthma. With this disease, everyone is at risk.

Ultimately, we need to make sure that our health-care system can handle all the sick people who will need urgent medical care during this pandemic. We also need to protect health-care providers from getting sick, so that they can be there to help us.

If you have general questions about COVID-19, visit the provincial coronavirus info hub or call the toll-free federal info line at 1-833-784-4397.

More details on self-isolation
COVID-19-related restrictions in Nova Scotia

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