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How To Do Self-Isolation And Social Distancing Properly

People are being urged to practise self-isolation and social distancing to try and slow the spread o...
Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:00 PM - 18 Mar 2020



The Last Word With Matt Cooper

How To Do Self-Isolation And Social Distancing Properly

Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:00 PM - 18 Mar 2020

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People are being urged to practise self-isolation and social distancing to try and slow the spread of COVID-19, but what is the difference between the two?

Social distancing means reducing gatherings, maintaining a two-metre distance from others and reducing social contact as much as possible.

Self-isolation is for anyone who has symptoms, either before or after testing for coronavirus, and involves staying in one room where possible and avoiding sharing items and facilities with anyone else in the house.

While self-quarantine also involves avoiding contact with others and staying at home, this is for anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case or who has recently returned from another country.

Dr Doireann O'Leary, health blogger and GP at mycorkgp, joined us for our weekly medical consultation to explain more about how it all works, and how to deal with the psychological impact of self-isolation.

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