Coronavirus: the way to stay safe if you're living during a shared accommodation?

With trains and flights cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, people staying away from home are affected the most. Here are a few tips, for those who live in shared apartments, co-living spaces or share rooms with others

With trains and flights cancelled thanks to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in India, people staying far away from home could also be left with no option, aside from to continue living in their rented accommodations. What remains a serious worry, especially for residents in shared accommodations, is the way to ensure hygiene and cleanliness for themselves during a community living set-up, at a time when social distancing has become a norm to beat COVID-19 and control further spread of the disease.

How to ensure your safety when staying in a Co-living/PG?

Staying during a shared community is difficult during these times and there's baby can do but to take care of personal hygiene and follow safety protocols, to stay yourself et al. safe. Follow the following pointers, to take care of a secure environment for everybody-

  • Cover your mouth together with your elbow, while coughing or sneezing.

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap, for a minimum of 20 seconds.

  • Seek medical attention immediately, if you've got flu symptoms.

  • Stay vigilant and report to the facility manager/owner if somebody has flu-like symptoms.

  • Avoid venturing out to crowded places.

  • Ask your property manager/landlord if there's any doctor available on-call. Keep the number handy, in case of emergency.

  • Keep a sanitiser handy, whenever getting to common spaces for meals.

  • Spray alcohol-based sanitiser on your couriers/packages.

  • Avoid getting to common areas if you've got flu symptoms. If it becomes extremely necessary, wear a mask.

How to maintain hygiene in your room when staying during a Co-living/PG/shared apartment?

While co-living and paying-guest accommodations have facility staff to fulfil your day-to-day needs, shared apartments could also be harder to manage, as you've got to try to to everything by yourself. Follow the following pointers if you stay during a co-living/PG accommodation:

  • Ask the housekeeping staff to vary the sheets frequently.

  • Clean the doorknobs and other things, which are touched frequently, with disinfectants or sanitisers.

  • Sanitise your devices like laptops, mobiles, etc., on a day to day.

  • Prefer drinking warm water. Make sure your water bottle is cleaned daily.

  • Ask the cleaners to wear masks and gloves, while cleaning your space.

  • Avoid using and touching the common facilities.

Follow the following pointers if you stay in shared apartments:

  • House helps are more susceptible to flu symptoms as they need to venture bent visit multiple households. Make sure you provide them with sanitisers and soap, to stay themselves clean all the time. Their hygiene is your hygiene.

  • If you're performing from home, confirm you're stocked up, in terms of essential grocery items.

  • If you're cooking for yourself et al. , confirm all the vegetables are cleaned thoroughly. You can also soak them in warm water before chopping them.

  • Cleaning commonly used items like the sitting area, balcony railings, clique handles, water purifier taps, TV remote, landline, switchboard, etc., is that the most vital thing. Sanitise everything on a regular basis.

  • Try getting essential commodities, like groceries, medicines and dairy products, delivered to the house, instead of going bent pip out yourself.

How to maintain hygiene when sharing an area during a PG?

  • Request your roommate to practice hygiene and wash hands frequently.

  • Maintain a minimum 4-metre distance from each other.

  • Do not share towels. Use your personal towels for drying your face and hands.

  • If your roommate has flu symptoms, reach bent the closest doctor. Take proper precautions for yourself, which incorporates wearing masks and gloves when taking care of him/her.

  • Change your bedsheets and towels frequently.

  • Mop the ground with disinfectant or phenyl, whichever is out there. You can also use Dettol liquid.

  • If possible, get yourself a single sharing room. Many co-living providers are considering such requests.

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