Health leaders explain how to self-quarantine to prevent spread of coronavirus

Posted at 10:49 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 23:05:14-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Travelers say airports are starting to look like a scene from a movie.

“The first thing I noticed is that it was pretty much a ghost town,” said Sally Jeffery King.

She is in town from Dallas to visit family.

“You know, I took a chance traveling and I know that if I came in contact with someone who has the flu or suspected of having the virus, I would definitely have to be quarantined for two weeks,” she adds.

But do people know exactly how to quarantine? It’s a little more than just staying at home for 14 days.

“That’s a little easier said than done because people have families, they live with roommates - all situations where there is cohabitation with people,” said Dr. Brian Martin.

He’s the Director of Public Health at EVMS.

Dr. Martin says it’s all about taking precaution.

“Making sure you aren’t using the same personal items like cups and utensils and things like that,” he adds.

And wearing a mask if you’re caring for someone who is in quarantine.

Dr. Martin says, “Making sure that you’re doing an adequate amount of washing with soap and water.”

He says if possible, an individual who is quarantined should use a separate bathroom. But if that’s not possible, be careful to keep bath towels and toothbrushes far away.

“You’re trying to prevent the spread of the virus,”

News 3 talked to a couple Thursday who flew in from Peru who say they are taking action. According to reports, Peru has more than 20 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

“When I got here, I expected that since we are coming from there, someone from the health department or authorities will take us to the side,” said Seherezada Nina.

She says they didn’t screen her at the airport, so she’s taking matters into her own hands.

I do prepare myself. We have an emergency kit at home with dry food and stuff,” Nina adds.

Health leaders say this is the perfect time to look out for your neighbors.

“Have friends go out and pick up groceries for you, leave them on the door and let you know that they are there and go and get them,” said Dr. Martin.

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