The coronavirus pandemic has made it tough for residents of mobile home communities to stay safe and healthy. There’s the challenge of keeping your mobile home clean and disinfected as well as the reality that most mobile home communities have several homes in close proximity to each other.
Here are five ways to avoid getting the coronavirus when you live in a mobile home community:
- Social Distancing
Nowhere is this more important than in an area with a lot of people like a mobile home community. 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.
That means being extra attentive if you’re out and about in your community, or even when leaving your home and coming back. Don’t gather in groups. If you see a fellow resident you know, just wave and keep moving. Now is not the time to be socializing.
- No Visitors
Social distancing and isolation can be tough to deal with. But in order to get everyone through this crisis, you can do your part by not having any visitors at this time, even family members. This will reduce the chance that you or fellow community residents might be infected by a visitor. Hopefully other residents will do the same thing.
- Avoid Common Areas
If your mobile home community has amenities such as a swimming pool, playground or a clubhouse, you should avoid them. Now is not the time to be taking advantage of those amenities, as you could be exposed to someone with the virus. By now, your community manager might have shut them down anyway.
These times can be challenging if you have children. If you can’t go to the playground or a nearby park, take them for a walk around your community, but observe social distancing.
- Be Cautious
If there are essential common areas, such as a mailbox area or even a laundry room, be cautious when using them. Try to avoid touching common surfaces. If that can’t be avoided, use caution and be creative when doing so. For instance, you can push open a door with your shoulder or hip. You can flip a switch with your elbow or wrist, or push a button with a knuckle.
If there is a common laundry room, be sure to adhere to social distancing rules. Hopefully the community manager has set a schedule so the room isn’t crowded and that everyone gets a fair shot at doing their laundry.
Never touch your face after touching common surfaces, especially if you aren’t wearing disposable gloves.
- Keep Your Home Clean And Disinfected
You can start by washing your hands often, with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to do this before and after preparing meals and eating. Keep your kitchen and bathroom surfaces clean and disinfected.