The COVID-19 pandemic has changes the majority of aspects in our lives. Many people are aware that unnecessary travel and large gatherings of people should be avoided. However, some things can’t be avoided and may be complicated to execute safely, such as moving. Whether your lease is up or you bought a new home, moving during these times is even more stressful than usual. There are some measures you can and should take to protect you and your family from a COVID-19 infection and make the move as smooth as possible.
How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the move.
One of the best ways you can prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by wearing a face mask. It’s important to wear a face mask during your move, especially when you’re talking with the movers and other people who don’t live with you. The CDC states that face masks help the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of particles that travel when an infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes. Studies by McMaster University in Ontario show that the risk of infection or transmission while wearing a face mask was of 3%, compared to 17% risk without a face mask. Even while wearing a face mask, practice social distancing when dealing with movers and other people. A combination of these safety measures is the best protocol to follow to prevent an infection.
Some people may wonder if wearing gloves during the move adds extra protection against COVID-19. Researchers and doctors have stated that gloves don’t offer an added layer of protection, on the contrary, they are just another surface where the virus can live on. Avoid wearing gloves and instead, wash your hands constantly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands with soap and water use a hand sanitizer, but don’t replace washing them with soap and water using a hand sanitizer as these substances don’t kill the virus as effectively as soap and water do. Avoid touching your face so that the virus doesn’t travel to your body through your eyes, nose, or mouth.
How can I minimize contact with other people during my move?
Contact a moving company remotely, most moving companies are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and offer estimates using pictures or videos from your home. Contact your local moving companies and ask about what remote services they offer and what safety precautions they are taking to prevent an infection. Once you get an estimate remember to practice social distancing and wear a face mask when they come to your home.
Disinfecting Your Belongings
Use household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface you want to clean. Make sure to disinfect your belongings once you move, especially articles or surfaces that are constantly being used such as handles, refrigerators, faucets, tables, doorknobs, etc. Disinfect your new home before you start unpacking so that you can thoroughly clean every surface.
Protect Your Family and the Moving Company Personnel’s Safety
Protect the moving company from suffering an accident during the move, make sure that sidewalks are free of cracks and that there aren’t any objects blocking doors and hallways so the movers can move everything as quickly as possible and have less contact with your family, thus reducing the risk of infection. Prevent a premises liability lawsuit by making sure that your sidewalks are safe to walk in and that landscaping in your home doesn’t interfere with pedestrian safety.
Make sure you stay informed on new safety guidelines published by the CDC and your local government to prevent an infection. Check your new home's local ordinances to learn about what businesses are currently open or closed.