Well over one-third of Americans today are renters, whether by choice or because home prices are too high in their communities. So, if you’re one of the many Americans living in a rental property, how can you get through the coronavirus as a renter?
The most important thing you can do now is to pay attention to your health and well-being. Take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. If you exhibit symptoms of the virus, follow the protocol outlined by the (CDC). The CDC advises that you stay home, except to receive medical care. If you are mildly ill with COVID-19, you should self-isolate at home. Further limit your exposure by avoiding public transportation, taxis and ride-sharing services if at all possible.
The World Health Organization has also released a set of guidelines on how to protect yourself from contracting the coronavirus. The organization even provides tips for traveling safely during this pandemic.
Self-Care Is Critical in the Wake of the Coronavirus
Take some time for self-care if you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed. You can book an appointment with a therapist or talk to one on the phone. There are also several on-demand mental healthcare providers available online if you need to talk to someone. Reading this blog by One Medical that explores the facts vs. fiction surrounding the virus may also help you sleep better at night. Consider watching the news once a day or less frequently than you currently do to further calm your nerves. Our CEO and co-founder Doug Brien is a firm believer in meditation to help you remain focused and calm. In fact, he recently started hosting guided, online meditations for Mynd employees last month.
13 Steps to Protect Yourself from the Coronavirus as a Renter
While taking care of yourself should be a top priority, here are 13 actionable tips to get through the coronavirus as a renter:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 30 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow
- Practice social distancing (staying away from people and crowds) whenever possible
- Take care of your pets by having a month’s supply of pet food on hand
- Fill your prescription medications online, if possible, and have them shipped directly to your home
- Make sure you have the essentials, (but please don’t hoard), such as water, food, soap, hand sanitizer, a cell phone, cell phone charger, computer charger, sanitary products and cleaning products
- If you live in an earthquake zone or an area prone to natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tornadoes, make sure to have an emergency kit ready
- Keep hand sanitizers or sanitizing wipes near your doors as doorknobs are filled with germs
- Ask guests to wash their hands before coming inside your home
- Work from home if your employer allows it
- Keep wipes and/or sanitizer in your car
- Wipe down your cell phone with a disinfectant that contains at least 70% isopropyl alcohol
Help Make Your Home and Neighbors’ Home a Safe Haven
So far, the coronavirus has taken a severe and unfortunate toll on the elderly. There have been more deaths among the elderly than any other group. According to multiple published reports, there have been no reports of deaths among younger folks or children, thus far. If you’re a healthy young renter, you might want to consider helping your elderly neighbors. Check-in on them to make sure they’re safe or to see if they need any essential items, like groceries. If they go shopping, perhaps you can bring in their groceries from the car or help them carry their groceries upstairs to their apartment. These are small actions you can take to help contain the coronavirus as a renter.
Practice Social Distancing with a Completely Digital Leasing Experience
Part of Mynd’s mission is to create happy homes, so we are dedicated to making sure your home is a safe haven. If you’re interested in renting one of our properties located in markets all over the country, check out our latest rental property listings.
As a matter of fact, you can schedule a self-showing (one of the best social-distancing methods we know of). At Mynd-managed properties, we use smart locks to make self-showings easy. Once someone has verified their identity, they’ll schedule a self-showing through our online portal. A few minutes before their appointment, they’ll get an email or text notification containing a unique code to unlock the lockbox.
If you’re an existing resident, our resident portal also allows you to pay rent online and create maintenance and service requests, all from the comfort of your own home.
If you have any questions or concerns about the coronavirus as a renter, contact our rental property expert, Gina Taylor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.