I am sharing with you a blog from a science writer that contains information about respiratory coronavirus transmission. The blog, The Risks – Know Them- Avoid Them, by Erin Bromage, offers information that we laymen and women might not have processed yet. The information is biological and physical and spelled out very clearly. We need to reopen for business, but we need to do so safely, and in order to do that, we need to know the risks and how to avoid them. I was most impressed by how the article, highlights how being in an enclosed space, sharing the same air for a prolonged period increases your chances of exposure and infection. Our guidelines for reopening our economy tend to emphasize distance but have not mentioned much about exposure to the virus over time.
“Infection could occur, through 1000 infectious viral particles you receive in one breath or from one eye-rub, or 100 viral particles inhaled with each breath over 10 breaths, or 10 viral particles with 100 breaths. Each of these situations can lead to an infection (Bromage Blog).”
Although we have not determined just what the infectious load is for COVID-19, for other coronaviruses the number is 1000 virus particles. It is this principle that is behind why grocery stores can open and bars and restaurants must close. It is this principle that should concern you if you share a small office or work in an open space with a lot of people, or work 8 hours on an assembly line 6 feet from another human being who is potentially infected. In the grocery store you pass through quickly, shelves break up the aisles, and you typically don’t talk much as you shop. In bars and restaurants, you linger and talk. At work, you talk and breathe for hours near or in the same room with others.
Taking this to heart, I would suggest that real estate buyers, agents, and lenders pass through homes that you are viewing quickly. Don’t linger too long. Don’t carry on discussions face to face in small rooms or cars. If you must discuss things, do it outside the home and stand more than 10 feet apart with the wind behind both of you.
Keep greater than 6 feet of distance between you and another person, especially if that person is talking, yelling, or singing and is upwind of you. In an Indoor situation, up wind means between you and an open window, the air conditioner blower, or a fan.
Don’t drive in the same car to a property.
If you are showing a house, make sure it has been vacant for several hours before showing it, so all airborne virus particles have had time to fall out of the air. This doesn’t address surface contamination, but at least your clients won’t breath in an infectious dose as they move from room to room. You should wipe down counters, door handles, and surfaces that will be touched.
Do in-person showings and meetings by appointment only. This way you can judge how many people are around you.
Always pay attention to the physical situation when you are moving about the community. Ask yourself, how many people are here? How big is this room? Is there ventilation and enough of it?
Be sure to read this great article by Erin S. Bromage and apply the knowledge you gain to your work and play.
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