Have you been planning to relocate to another state, but the global pandemic of COVID-19 made you revisit your plans? Know that moving in the age of coronavirus is still possible with a responsible company by your side and a few preventive measures on your behalf. If you’re wondering how to make your home and your life coronavirus-proof, keep reading and find out what precautionary steps you should undertake.
The whole world is dealing with one of the most quickly-spreading illnesses of modern times. Due to the rapid transmission of the virus from person to person, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are providing people with answers to the question of what steps to take in the case of isolation or quarantine. But despite the situation, our moving company has introduced an important coronavirus update to the way we work to still make your move possible. Let’s take a closer look at what coronavirus is and how to protect yourself, your family, and your home.
What Is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, belongs to a family of viruses that cause disease in animals. It has made the transition to humans with symptoms mostly resembling a cold, and in just a couple of months, it has spread to nearly every corner of the world after the initial outbreak in the Chinese province of Hubei. Coronavirus is spreading so fast from person to person that the WHO has declared it a pandemic and recommended extraordinary measures to fight the transmission.
What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
Some people may have no symptoms, and in children, they can be unnoticed or mild. If the virus causes symptoms, the common ones include:
- Low-grade fever
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Runny nose
Older people and those with heart and lung diseases, as well as diabetics, can experience more severe symptoms, which can cause pneumonia and lead to a critical health condition.
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself (and Others) From Getting Coronavirus?
The best way to prevent the spread of the virus and protect yours and the health of your loved ones is to be self-disciplined and take precautionary measures:
- Avoid crowded places and contact with potentially sick people
- Social distancing is an essential measure – you should stay at least six feet away from any person in your vicinity
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, especially with unwashed hands
- If you get sick, stay home
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow
- Use disinfectant products and solutions in your household to clean often touched surfaces
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water
How Can You Prepare Yourself and Your Family for Possible Isolation or Quarantine?
If you have big plans associated with your home or office relocation, keep in mind that moving by itself requires a lot of energy, effort, and thorough planning. And with the virus currently spreading, it is of paramount importance to keep everyone involved safe.
Let’s find out what preventive steps you should perform on your behalf and what supplies to acquire in order to be ready if it starts affecting your community.
Medical and Health Supplies
If you have medication therapy and need to take it daily, it is a good idea to fill your medicine cabinet. Extra supplies for a month or two should be enough, but make sure to add some basics, too, such as acetaminophen and bandages.
In the case of coronavirus symptoms, don’t use ibuprofen. It can have a depressive effect on parts of your immune system, potentially leading to a prolonged illness with a higher risk of complications. The alternatives for pain and fever should be paracetamol (Panadol) or acetaminophen. However, you should always consult your doctor before taking anything.
Here’s a list of health supplies you should have during your isolation:
- Prescription medications
- Fever and pain medicine
- Cough and cold medicines
- Antidiarrheal medication
- Fluids with electrolytes
- Soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Tissues, toilet paper, tampons, sanitary napkins, disposable diapers
Keep in mind that supplies are low right now all over the country. There is a fine line between stocking up on necessities and panic buying. Think about other people when buying, and only purchase what you need.
Although you shouldn’t stock up so much food as if it were a World War, the truth is you still have to eat. Consider keeping two-week to 30-day supplies of nonperishables, such as:
- Canned meats, soups, vegetables, and fruits
- Frozen fruits, vegetables, and meat
- Fruit bars, dry cereals, granola
- Pasta, rice, beans, bread
- Flour, sugar, oil
- Coffee, tea, canned juices
- Bottled water
- Canned or jarred baby food and formula
- Pet food
Germ-Prevention at Home
According to epidemiology research, COVID-19 can be killed by most household cleaners, such as alcohol, bleach, or plain soap and water. Since viruses can persist on surfaces, you should thoroughly wipe doorknobs, cellphones, counters, and all areas that often come in contact with your hands.
Social Distancing Techniques Are Mandatory
“Social distancing” is a term used by the CDC to describe infection control actions taken to slow down or even stop the spread of contagious diseases. It is one of the best methods in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Compared to quarantine or isolation, which are used for people suspected to be ill, this measure is less drastic.
Some of the most efficient social distancing techniques are:
- Working from home
- Closing down colleges campuses
- Cancellation of mass gatherings
- Suspensions of professional sports leagues
- Closing schools and sustaining online classes
- Keeping in touch with loved ones via electronic devices
Why You Shouldn’t Cancel Your Move After All
Despite the ongoing situation, your scheduled move can still go smoothly if you employ all of the recommended measures to protect yourself. Besides, once this situation blows over, there will be a flurry of people looking to book a move, which will certainly lift the prices and cause delivery delays.
And where relocation isn’t possible due to the preventive measures enacted by local, state, or federal authorities, keep in mind that our company has decided to waive its cancellation fees out of respect for your particular situation.
Since there are currently several thousand cases in the US, you should be very cautious wherever you go. Even if you’re relocating to a city in the vicinity, alone or moving with kids, the safety and well-being of everyone should be a question of paramount importance for you and your moving service providers.
Speaking of precautions necessary to stem the outbreak, we, as your dependable and reliable movers, want to point out these steps that we take regularly to ensure the safety of everybody involved:
- Our trucks are disinfected and sterilized at regular intervals
- Sick crew members stay home
- Masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant solutions are mandatory in trucks and storage units
- Don’t worry about our equipment – we clean it daily
- We follow the advice and guidance of public health authorities in order to keep our movers healthy and protect our clients and their families