Government of New Brunswick

Wondering what the difference is between physical distancing and self-isolation?


You should self-monitor if you:

  • have no symptoms and
  • may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or
  • you are in close contact with older adults or people who are medically vulnerable or
  • you have been asked to do so by the local public health authority

Self-monitoring means to:

  • monitor yourself for symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing
  • avoid crowded places and increase your personal space from others when possible

If you develop symptoms, stay home, isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible. Call TELECARE-811


You must self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting to hear the results of a lab test for COVID-19
  • you have been told by public health that you may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • you have travelled outside the Atlantic bubble in the last 14 days
  • you have two or more symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild:
    • fever above 38°C
    • a new cough or worsening chronic cough
    • sore throat
    • runny nose
    • difficulty breathing
    • headache

Self-isolation means to:

  • stay at home
  • monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days
  • avoid contact with others
  • follow local public health authority advice

If there are others in your home, this means to:

  • stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible
  • keep at least two metres between yourself and other people
  • keep interactions brief and wear a mask
  • do not share personal items, such as toothbrushes, towels, bed linen, utensils or electronic devices
  • at least once daily, clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch often, like toilets, bedside tables, doorknobs, phones and television remotes
  • avoid contact with individuals with chronic conditions, compromised immune systems and older adults
  • avoid contact with pets if you live with other people that may also be touching them

If you develop symptoms isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible. Call TELECARE-811.