Coping with quarantine

Last Updated: 04 Jan 2022 10:16am

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Why it is important

It is important to stay in quarantine and follow Public Health instruction to protect others.

If you have been told you need to quarantine, it is because you are at risk of becoming infectious (able to spread the virus).

You may develop COVID-19 symptoms at any time during your quarantine period. You could pass COVID-19 to others before you realise you have it.

You have an important role to play in continuing to keep our community safe.

For information on the requirements and answers to common questions, visit Quarantine.

Looking after yourself and your mind

You will receive a phone call on day two of your quarantine period to see if you need any support in relation to your health and wellbeing needs.

You will also receive a text message on day six and day ten to check in, and remind you of your testing requirements.

It’s important that you answer so that we can provide support if needed, as being confined can cause boredom and stress. Look after yourself by:

  • Talking with family and friends
  • Reflecting on how you have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassuring yourself that you will cope with this situation too. Remember that quarantine won’t last for long
  • Exercising regularly. Consider exercise DVDs, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the backyard or using home exercise equipment. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress and boredom and stay healthy
  • Keeping in touch with family members and friends by telephone, email or social media
  • Keeping up a normal daily routine as much as possible
  • Working from home, if possible.

Visit Looking after your mental health for some more tips and information.

Quarantine can affect people in different ways. You may experience:

  • Shock – feeling numb
  • Body reactions – feeling sick
  • Thoughts – feeling confused
  • Emotions – fear/anger or sadness
  • Behaviour – cannot sleep, changes to diet
  • Attitudes – feelings of guilt or failure
  • Social – avoiding people or needing to talk about it.

You are not alone. Seek help if:

  • you are worried
  • you have no-one to talk to
  • your physical feelings worry you
  • you continue to feel upset.

Do not wait until you are not coping. You can talk to someone now. For options, go to Support Services.

Where to get help

Seek help early if you are worried, feel alone or continue to feel upset.

Do not wait until you are not coping. You can talk to someone now.

There are many services waiting to listen and support anyone who needs advice or is worried, stressed or needs a friendly and understanding voice to talk things through.

For general health information and advice contact healthdirect Australia: 1800 022 222. (24 hours, 7 days).

Home quarantine requires a person to stay home and have limited social contact. We acknowledge that for many people, including victim-survivors of family violence and sexual violence, being at home is not always a safe place.

It is important to know that you can leave your home to escape harm or the risk of harm relating to family violence and/or sexual violence under any COVID-19 restrictions.  There are crisis accommodation options available if you are not safe at home.

If you are concerned about your safety while in home quarantine and are able to safely seek assistance, visit or or contact the Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937

If you are in immediate danger call 000.

Emergency relief support

For emergency relief services, including food relief, go to Emergency relief support.

Financial Services and Support

If you are concerned about your financial situation while in quarantine or know you will not be able to afford essential things like food, healthcare services or medicine, assistance may be available.  To find out your eligibility for a Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grant please view the information on our individual grants webpage.

How to look after others

  • Listen to their worries, ask what is important to them
  • Reassure children using age-appropriate language
  • Offer to assist with simple things
  • Let them show their feelings
  • Give them time to adjust
  • Reassure them about safety and security
  • Remind them to eat

If you are quarantining with school age children, ask your child’s teachers to supply assignments, work sheets and homework by post or email, and if your child can join classes online.

Free online resources for children of all ages, and adults, are offered by Libraries Tasmania.

Free online resources are offered by Libraries Tasmania.

Using your Libraries Tasmania membership, you can access eBooks and storieseMagazines, eComics, eNews and journals eMusiceFilms and eLanguages for free. You can also browse the online databases, historical newspapers, family history resources , research and reference material, or access online learning resources for younger children.

To access these resources, go to:

  • eLibrary where you will find information about borrowing eResources online, or
  • Tasmanian archives + heritage for historical newspapers, family history, or research and reference material.

If you aren’t already a member, you can join online here for free. Upon entering your information, you will receive a confirmation email with your membership number and be asked to create your own PIN.

How to keep COVID-safe

Prevent the spread

Personal hygiene is an important protection against COVID-19 and all respiratory illnesses. You can help slow the spread of illness by:

  • washing your hands often with soap and warm, running water (or alcohol-base hand rub), especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • using a tissue (or flexed elbow if a tissue is not readily available) to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, then putting the tissue in the rubbish
  • contacting your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to be tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms of fever, runny nose, cough, sore or itchy throat, or shortness of breath
  • wearing a face mask if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms and need to be around other people (for example, to access arranged medical care).

Stay updated

Keep informed and stay connected with the latest community information and resources:

General household and workplace cleaning

Cleaning is an important way to slow the spread of viruses like the one that causes COVID-19.

For frequently touched surfaces like door handles, tabletops, desks, light switches, railings, shared keyboards and mice, taps and handles:

  • Clean these surfaces frequently, making sure you remove any visible dirt and organic matter so that the disinfectant can work well.
  • Regularly wipe the surface using your normal household or workplace detergent/disinfectant, following the instructions on the label.
  • It’s okay to use detergent wipes, as long as the cleaning process is thorough and removes visible dirt/organic matter.

Surfaces that are less often touched:

  • Clean these surfaces at least when they start to look dusty or dirty and immediately after any spillage or contamination.
  • Use your normal household or workplace detergent, following the instructions on the label.
  • It’s okay to use detergent wipes, as long as the cleaning process is thorough and removes visible dirt/organic matter.
  • Damp mopping is better than dry.

For more information explore topics in our Keeping yourself safe resources.