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FDL County Health Officer Answers FAQ's


When crisis occurs, it's only natural that there are usually more questions than there are answers. In an effort to answer as many of the questions as possible, FDL County Health Officer Kim Mueller took to Facebook this week to try and answer as many of the questions as she could. Mueller says there are a number of questions that get asked frequently, including:

1.) HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE CLOSE CONTACT: Close contact is described as anyone that is within six feet and for 10 minutes or longer, of someone who is carrying the coronavirus. 

2.) WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE: If someone is being told they need to isolate, it's because they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever/cough/shortness of breath or MAY have been in contact with someone who had the virus. Quarantine is described as somebody who does NOT have the symptoms, but they are monitoring themselves to see if the symptoms show up. 

We will continue to highlight more questions. You can also see the video by checking out the FDL County Health Departments' Facebook video. 

Comments 1
Chuck Inglesby commented on 24-Mar-2020 09:03 AM3 out of 5 stars
That’s nice that she’s answering questions for the public and all. I’m sure people appreciate the updates from the health department. However, another KFIZ article says that the 2 DOC employees who have tested positive have been moved to QUARANTINE. Yet, this article here says that quarantine is for those who do NOT have symptoms. Sounds like isolation and quarantine are basically the same thing, regardless of whether or not the person is known to have it. In fact, a lot of definitions for the word quarantine include the phrase “to isolate”. So why the semantics here?? It’s unreasonable to expect answers from officials in times like this. Often, they don’t know any better than us. We’re all confused and worried. But these news articles lately do have a lot of ambiguity to them, and a person could interpret that there is a lot of official “pretending to know” going on.

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