What is quarantining?

  • Quarantining prevents the ongoing spread of the virus to other people by individuals who know they have been exposed or  are likely to have been exposed, but do not yet know if they have been infected. It’s a precaution and an effective tool to prevent viral spread since people infected with COVID-19 can be contagious even without having symptoms.
  • Quarantining can be voluntary, and people should self-quarantine if they have a known exposure and do not know whether they have been infected.  Colorado also has the legal authority to issue quarantine orders to people who were exposed to a contagious disease. This will not occur in most cases and is reserved for circumstances where it is difficult for people to voluntarily quarantine.

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