• March 13, 2020 6:55 PM

If I am quarantined or put in isolation, what can I expect?

If I am quarantined or put in isolation, what can I expect?

If I am quarantined or put in isolation, what can I expect? 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations such as an infectious disease outbreak that requires social distancing, quarantine, or isolation. People may feel:

  • Anxiety, worry, or fear related to:
    • ƒYour own health status
    • The health status of others whom you may have exposed to the disease
    • The resentment that your friends and family may feel if they need to go into quarantine as a result of contact with you
    • The experience of monitoring yourself, or being monitored by others for signs and symptoms of the disease
    • Time taken off from work and the potential loss of income and job security
    • The challenges of securing things you need, such as groceries and personal care items
  • Concern about being able to effectively care for children or others in your care
  • Uncertainty or frustration about how long you will need to remain in this situation, and uncertainty about the future
  • Loneliness associated with feeling cut off from the world and from loved ones
  • Anger if you think you were exposed to the disease because of others’ negligence
  • Boredom and frustration because you may not be able to work or engage in regular day-to-day activities
  • Uncertainty or ambivalence about the situation
  • A desire to use alcohol or drugs to cope
  • Symptoms of depression, such as feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, or sleeping too little or too much
  • Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), such as intrusive distressing memories, flashbacks (reliving the event), nightmares, changes in thoughts and mood, and being easily startled

If you or a loved one experience any of these reactions for 2 to 4 weeks or more, contact your health care provider or one of the resources below.


SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline

Toll-Free: 1 (800) 985-5990
SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746
TTY: 1-800-846-8517
Website: http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

Toll-Free: 1-800-662-HELP (24/7/365 Treatment Referral Information Service in English and español)
Website: http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Toll-Free: 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
Website: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Treatment Locator

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
Website: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/locator/home

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center

Toll-Free: (800) 308-3515
Email: DTAC@samhsa.hhs.gov
Website: http://www.samhsa.gov/dtac