How to stay safe from Corona in shared accommodation:
Not everyone was able to get home before the lockdown and with trains and flights cancelled due to the outbreak, many students are left without much choice and have to stay back in their rented or paying guest accommodations. With the lockdown and the stress on the need for social distancing, here are some ways that you can stay safe and take precautions to help the national effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
How do I stay safe if I live in a Paying Guest or with a Roommate?
Not everyone has the option to socially distance themselves completely, but you can take precautions to stay safe and keep the ones around you safe as well.
1. Cover your mouth with your elbow, while coughing or sneezing.
2. Wash your hands regularly with soap, for at least 20 seconds.
3. Seek medical attention immediately, if you have any symptoms.
4. Stay alert and report to the owner if somebody has flu-like symptoms.
5. Avoid venturing out unless essential. Wash hands as soon as you return indoors.
6. Keep the number of a doctor handy or locate the nearest medical facility in case of an emergency.
7. Keep a sanitiser handy and regularly wash or sanitise your hands.
8. If you are suffering from a fever, cough or any other flu symptoms, avoid meeting anyone and stay avoid common spaces.
How do you maintain hygiene and make sure your surroundings are safe and sanitised?
1. Make sure you change sheets regularly and keep your surroundings clean.
2. Clean the doorknobs, handles and other areas which are touched frequently, with disinfectants or sanitisers.
3. Keep your devices like laptops, mobiles, clean and wipe them with disinfectant wipes.
4. Keep your water bottle and dishes are well cleaned, especially if you shared them with other roommates or PG residents.
5. If you have a maid, consider asking them to take a break until the lockdown is lifted.
6. Avoid touching frequently used or touched surfaces in common areas or outdoors.
Here are some more precautions to take if you live in a shared room or apartment in close contact with others:
1. House helpers are more prone to flu symptoms as they have to venture out to visit multiple households. If possible, give them a break and if essential, make sure you provide them with sanitizer and liquid soap, to keep themselves clean all the time.
2. Make sure you have a stock of essential supplies for a few days at least. There is no need to hoard, but make sure you have enough for yourself.
3. If you are cooking for yourself and others, make sure all meat or vegetables are cleaned thoroughly and well cooked.
4. Clean the commonly used items such as the sitting area, balcony railings, kitchen cabinet handles, water purifier taps, TV remote, landline, switchboard, etc.
5. Try getting essential commodities, such as groceries, medicines and dairy products, delivered to the house, rather than going out to buy it yourself. If you have to go out, get groceries for a few days at a time, so you don’t have to go out daily.
6. Request your roommate to practice hygiene and wash hands frequently.
7. Do not share towels. Use your personal towels for drying your face and hands.
8. If your roommate has flu symptoms, reach out to the nearest doctor. Take proper precautions for yourself, which includes wearing masks and gloves when taking care of him/her.
9. Mop the floor with disinfectant or phenyl, whichever is available. You can also use Dettol liquid.
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