Quarantine vs. Isolation: What’s the Difference?

Covid-19 Vaccinations

Earlier this month, Arizona celebrated a major vaccine milestone: more than one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered throughout the state. While this is a big accomplishment, there have been over 225,000 confirmed new cases of coronavirus reported in Arizona since the start of the year, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services as of February 16, 2021. Prevention is still critical as the virus continues to spread.  

When you have COVID-19, or when you’ve been exposed to it, one of the best things you can do for your community and the people you care about is to stay away from others. Your doctor should be your first source for advice on how to isolate or quarantine. But in general, here’s what the CDC recommends.

Quarantine vs Isolation

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Visit azblue.com/coronavirus to find the latest Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona COVID-19 support and resources.


This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual’s physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual’s particular health plan.

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Last Updated: 2/19/2021