The new COVID-19 variation of the coronavirus has continued to spread throughout the world and even in the United States. There are a few cases here in the Dallas / Fort Worth and while we can expand those to extend, it’s quite probable that it will find its way into our neighborhoods and our apartments over time. Thankfully, there have been quite a few recommendations and emergency measures taken to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

But, what does this mean to those that live in an apartment?

What To Do About the Coronavirus for people that live in Apartments

First, before you continue, breathe and relax. Most people are going to be okay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have told us to “Stay calm.”

First off, apartments don’t have a lot of space and the fearful shopping happening outside has been excessive. However, it’s not a bad idea on stocking up on things that you’ll need over the next few weeks. We recommend ordering what you can through local online stores for delivery and if that’s not available, through Amazon.

Second, if you’re elderly or are around elderly people then it could be best to quarantine right now as best possible to prevent spreading or contracting the virus. To what extent should we quarantine? Obviously listen to what the recommendations from the CDC and leadership involved in preventing the spread of the virus. Aside from that we’re taking the safe approach and canceling most of our current activities.

Third, let’s follow the CDC’s plan on what to do if someone in your apartment building does contract the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here’s some notes to take from the CDC:

  • Listen to CDC updates and those from local authorities
  • If you have somewhere else besides the apartment to stay, avoid the area and quarantine for at least 5-7 days
  • Wash your hands and cover coughs and sneezes
  • In case you get sick, make a self-assessment based on your current and normal health, age, and other demographics along with the CDC’s recommendations on whether you need to be tested, stay home, or go to the hospital

Until you get the coronavirus, the best prevention is with the basics

Continue best practices of washing your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, stay away from poorly ventilated buildings and crowded public places, and if the number of cases creeps up in your city, try working from home and avoiding stores crowded with lots of people.