COVID-19 explained to young people: quarantine

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As part of the SCOOP! on COVID-19, we are now talking about quarantine. Several people, all over the world, find themselves quarantined for fourteen days. But what exactly does all of this mean?

As part of the series of informative capsules on COVID-19 for young people aged 8 to 16, quarantine is now being discussed. Several people, all over the world, find themselves quarantined for fourteen days. But what exactly does all of this mean?


What is quarantine?

Since the start of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, several measures have been put in place by governments around the world to try to contain the spread of the disease as much as possible. One of the proposed actions is the quarantine of people arriving from travel. Quarantining yourself means you have to self-isolate at home for the 14 days prescribed in this case. We don't go to school, to the grocery store, or to public transport. Quarantine is therefore intended as a measure to try to slow down the course of the infection and minimize local transmission.

“On average, it is estimated that one case of COVID-19 infection could potentially generate two or three more in its environment. "

Source: Radio-Canada, March 13, 2020

The term "quarantine" was first used in the 14th century in Italy. Boats arriving in the country that had passed through a plague-infected area had to self-isolate for about 40 days, hence the quarantine. Until the 20th century, isolation took place in a lazaretto, an establishment with very thick walls and difficult living conditions. Several were also trying to escape. Today, quarantine is going much better, in the comfort of our own home.


What to do if you are in quarantine?

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued its recommendations regarding behaviors to adopt in times of isolation:

1- stay at home

You must not, under any circumstances, leave your home. For an emergency, call 811 first.

2- Adopt good respiratory hygiene practices

Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm rather than your hands. Use a tissue and wash your hands afterwards.

3- wash your hands often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Before preparing a meal, after a meal, after using the toilet and at any time that requires washing. It is better to wash your hands too often than not enough!

4- Limit contact with your loved ones

Stay away from others, including those who live with you. If you cannot maintain the minimum distance of two meters, wear a surgical mask and keep interactions as short as possible. Also limit contact with pets.

5- don't share personal items

Prevent others from having access to your personal items, be it the toothbrush, bed, cell phone, computer, etc.

6- Clean the surfaces often

It is advisable to wash the surfaces you use around the house (doorknobs, counters, toilets, etc.) at least once a day.

Also disinfect your computer and phone, if possible, with 70 % alcohol.

7- watch your symptoms

Even if you are in preventive segregation, take your temperature at the same time each day. Pay special attention to symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, diarrhea, severe vomiting, and unusual fatigue.

Source: Radio-Canada, March 13, 2020


Quiz on Quizizz

To check the student's understanding of the concept of quarantine, go to to the next quiz. Then click on “Play live”. You will have access to a few parameters to configure. Once it's to your liking, click on the purple "Host Play" button. The learner will go to joinmyquiz.com and will enter the unique code that you have given him. When all the players are connected, the adult or the teacher is ready to press “Start”.

Have a good quiz!

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