From the Artist

“For the first time, the streets were quiet, you could hear birdsong, there was a calm. People were exhausted and welcomed the world being put on pause for a moment. The jokes flew fast and funny over the internet and the whole thing seemed humorous in a way. Until the headlines started getting to people, and we realized the gravity of what was truly happening.”

Follow #CoronaEdna on her personal coming to terms with the pandemic, social distancing, and her own identity.

The Science

While a lot of people are referring to staying in their homes during the current pandemic as “self-isolation”, this term actually describes the separation of sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine, on the other hand, “separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick” (CDC). You might self-quarantine if you think you’ve been exposed to the 2019 novel coronavirus and you don’t want to make others sick.

“Isolating” yourself and your family at home, a form of social distancing, is also an important way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 illness.

Currently, the CDC also recommends that people at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including individuals over the age of 65, those with compromised immune systems, those with pre-existing lung or heart disease or diabetes, take extra precautions. This includes staying home if possible.

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