The coronavirus pandemic has made it tough for apartment residents to stay safe. You need to be aware of everything you touch and have a heightened sense of alertness around other people.
Here are five ways to avoid getting the coronavirus when you live in an apartment:
- Social Distancing
The Centers for Disease Control were quick to advise Americans to stay at least six feet apart from one another in order to avoid catching the virus. This can be particularly difficult in an apartment complex with so many common areas, such as a laundry room, mailbox area, elevators, stairwells and other areas such as a rec room, gym or patio.
That means being extra attentive when you’re out and about in the complex. If you’re about to pass someone in the lobby, a hallway or staircase, try to do so within the social distancing guidelines. If that means stepping aside to let that person pass first, do it. If you need to back up to give someone room, better safe than sorry.
- Be Careful With Common Surfaces
There are a lot of surfaces in an apartment complex that are touched by many residents in the course of a day. They include elevator buttons, door handles, mailboxes and pretty much everything in the laundry room. Don’t touch a surface with uncovered hands and then touch your face, since the virus enters your body through your mouth or eyes.
You can push elevator buttons with your knuckles. You can push open a door with your shoulder, hip or even your foot. You can flip a switch or turn a faucet with your elbow or wrist. If you have to pull open a door, you can cover your hand with a paper towel or your sleeve, if possible. When you use the laundry room, use disposable gloves and then toss them once you’re done.
- Follow Orders
By now, your apartment manager might have closed off non-essential areas such as the rec room, patio or pool. For the good of everyone, making sacrifices now will hopefully pay off with a quicker return to normal. Hopefully there is a schedule for the laundry room to allow everyone to get a fair shot at doing their laundry safely.
- Wash And Disinfect Often
It cannot be said enough: Wash your hands with warm water and soap as often as possible, for at least 20 seconds. Wash before and after doing tasks around the complex, and, if possible, disinfect surfaces that you will touch. Hopefully by now your apartment manager has provided hand sanitizer and even disinfectant wipes in common areas such as the lobby, at the entrance to the elevator and stairs, in the laundry room and near the mailboxes.
- Watch Your Possessions
Don’t carelessly set down your cell phone or keys where they can come in contact with a possibly contaminated surface. Keep them in your pocket or don’t bring them into common areas. Same goes for your jacket and any other possessions.