Government of New Brunswick

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

There is a difference between advice to self-monitor, advice to self-isolate and advice to isolate.

 

Self-monitor

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

Self-isolate

 You must self-isolate if you:

  • have no symptoms and
  • may have been exposed to COVID-19 as a result of:
    • travelling outside of New Brunswick within the last 14 days or
    • coming in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

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.

Isolate

You need to isolate yourself if you:

  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or
  • are waiting for laboratory test results or
  • have been advised to do so by the local public health authority

Isolating yourself means to:

  • stay home until the local public health authority says you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus
  • avoid contact with others
  • follow the direction for self-isolation
  • follow local public health authority advice