While physical distancing helps slow the spread of COVID-19, it is no secret that the effects of isolation can negatively impact our mental health. Now more than ever, it is essential for all Canadians to emotionally support each other while abiding by the distancing measures recommended by government health officials.
Quarantine (separating well people who have been exposed to the virus, to see if they become ill) and self-isolation (separating people who have symptoms so that they can’t infect others, including close family members) are needed to prevent the spread of a virus in a community.
Public Health Ontario’s guide to self-isolation gives advice on how to proceed if you are in this situation.
Dealing with isolation
People placed in quarantine or self-isolation may experience a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, sadness, irritability, guilt or confusion. They may find it hard to sleep. Some people might feel relieved. Humans are social creatures and need connection to others to thrive, which can make isolation challenging. The following suggestions may help you through this challenging time: