COVID Vocab Quiz
Herd immunity, social distancing, asymptomatic—the pandemic has added so many words to our vocabulary. Quarantine and isolation are two terms that often get confused. Let’s do a quick refresher.
Quarantine means avoiding close contact with others and limiting activities after known exposure to COVID-19. Individauls in quarantine cannot go to class or work on campus for any reason.
- Anyone who feels symptoms of COVID after a known exposure should isolate and get tested immediately.
- If you’re fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, you will most likely not be required to quarantine, as long as you get tested 3-5 days after exposure, continue to wear a mask indoors, and monitor for symptoms.
- If you’re unvaccinated, you are required to complete a 14-day quarantine following exposure. You’ll get tested 3-5 days after exposure and continue to monitor for symptoms during your mandated quarantine period.
Isolation means remaining in your home or residence with zero public contact due to a positive COVID-19 test, with or without active symptoms.
- Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, is required to isolate for at least 10 days after the date the positive test sample was collected.
- All students must be cleared by SHS before leaving isolation. If you’re symptomatic, your symptoms must be improving and you must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
In both cases, it’s important to report your status on Loyola’s Public Health Portal
so we can conduct contact tracing and provide you with detailed instructions. For a more comprehensive review of Loyola’s quarantine and isolation policies, please review our Symptoms, Testing, and Contact Tracing