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Coronavirus: How do I self-quarantine?

During self-quarantine can I walk outside? Beware there could be legal consequences if you violate it.

Everyone by now knows that the pandemic is here. It was a matter of when not if, but Coronavirus is in Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s statement on Coronavirus published on Friday 13th March said that all returning Kenyans and visitors from high risk areas should be directed to self quarantine for not less than 14 continuous days. This is in line with global practice and as recommended by the WHO.
The term “quarantine” has been used around a lot lately, as have “isolation” and even “social distancing.” But what exactly do these terms mean? What would a quarantine entail in Kenya?

What do quarantine, isolation and 'social distancing' mean?

Quarantine is a precautionary detachment of anyone. It is done if there is good reason to believe you were exposed to a communicable disease (like Covid-19) but have not shown signs of infection. That’s why quarantine is done for people arriving from a Coronavirus’ affected country.
Isolation is for people who are sick and could potentially transmit their infection to others. These are people with symptoms or confirmed diagnoses. They are kept in special hospital rooms.
Lastly, social distancing is the efforts made to reduce interactions between people. The goal being to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Such efforts may include working from home, avoiding handshakes, hugs and kisses, banning public gatherings or spectators from sporting events.

How to Self Quarantine

The short answer is this: STAY IN ONE PLACE UNTIL YOU’RE CLEARED. People under quarantine are either placed in a quarantine facility or asked to stay at home for 14 days. Our government is making public the best practices when it comes to quarantine.  These procedures will of course vary depending on an individual’s circumstances. Needless to say, upon arrival at the airport or border, guidelines will be given to everyone checking in on how and where they should self quarantine. At Portal Pharmacy, we recommend you observe these guidelines to avoid getting into trouble with law enforcement.

It’s critical to remember that people under quarantine are sacrificing for the good of their family, friends and the general public. Breaking a 14-day quarantine order may count as a criminal misdemeanor, and may make you subject to jail time or fines if caught.
The pandemic can seem overwhelming, but in truth, every person can help slow down the spread of COVID-19. By doing your part, you can make a big difference to your health, and that of others around you.


  • Avoid public spaces by social distancing. But if you absolutely must go, we recommend face masks which you may purchase here. A face mask protects you from germs that may otherwise enter your mouth or nose when you touch your face.
  • You may also order gloves and hand disinfectants for use at home. We have efficient delivery services to get your product to your home safely and quickly.

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