Isolation refers to an individual who has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or is infected with COVID-19. That individual is placed in a living situation so they don’t transmit the virus to others. The isolation period for COVID-19 is 10 days because the majority of people will stop shedding the virus after 10 days from the onset of symptoms or the positive test, if they are asymptomatic.
Quarantine refers to an individual who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19. That individual is put in a living situation where they are mostly by themselves, so that if they were to get COVID-19 during their period of quarantine, they wouldn’t transmit it to other people. The quarantine period is 14 days. Quarantine is longer because it includes the incubation period for COVID-19 as well as the period of time that virus might be shed if the person develops the infection.
Wake Forest University follows the guidelines for isolation and quarantine established by the Centers for Disease Control, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Forsyth County Health Department.