The process of separating people who have an infectious disease from those who do not. This is a traditional public health practice and helps prevent the spread of infections in the community.
Researchers estimate that people who are infected with SARS-CoV-2, are most contagious one to two days before they develop symptoms or become ill.
Also see self-isolation, quarantine, and self-quarantine.
TIP: Isolation and quarantine mean two different things and are not to be used interchangeably.
Infectious Disease Prevention