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More Convenience = Less Security??

If you read AFI’s latest blog post, then you know that virtual showings, self-guided tours, etc. are quickly becoming a key resource for the sales/leasing efforts of homes and apartment communities. According to Tina Hand, 2020 president of Bay East Association of Realtors, roughly 85% to 90% of showings have become entirely virtual or hybrid (Hall, 2020).

Virtual showings can provide a plethora of benefits to prospective renters including added convenience and increased safety/flexibility. However, there is an element of compromise that comes with these benefits that individuals need to be aware of (Vasishta, 2020):

  1. Deficiencies in harder to see areas such as gutters and windows may go unnoticed.
  2. Prospective renters will have no way of seeing or getting a “feel” for the surrounding neighborhood.
  3. Available natural light or even exact wall color can be more challenging to determine (similar shades of grey or taupe).

While the above items are certainly concerning, it is not unheard of for renters to assume the added risk and sign a lease on a property that he or she may have never seen in person. Such a decision accompanies the increased possibility of falling victim to rental scams designed to steal money through fake security deposits or move-in fees. As of September, 2020, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) reported 219 rental scams resulting in over $100,000 lost (Melli, 2020).

Avial.com has provided the following warning signs that may indicate a fraudulent listing (Manolas, 2020):

  1. Meet the Landlord – Always see the property in-person and verify the listing before signing a lease or sending money.
  2. Payment Before Signing – Renters should never be asked to pay a large sum of money before seeing, or having all parties sign a lease for the premises.
  3. ThE LiStInG HaS TyPoS – Serious Landlords and Property Managers will take the time to construct a well thought out listing free of serious grammatical errors.
  4. Always Read The Lease – All leases should be 100% complete prior to signing and free of blank spaces, vague writing, or incomplete sentences.

As discussed, the added convenience of virtual showings can be of real advantage to many on-the-go or safety cautious renters. However, the above tips are important to remember in order to maintain the safety of yourself, your family, and your investment!

References:

Hall, Emma. “”It’s the wave of the future”: More home showings go virtual.” Danville – SanRamon, 23 July 2020, danvillesanramon.com/real_estate/2020/07/23/its-the-wave-of-the-future-more-home-showings-go-virtual

Manolas, Kasia. “How to Spot a Rental Scam.” Avail.com, Realtor.com, 30 Sept. 2020, www.avail.co/education/guides/a-tenants-guide-to-finding-an-apartment/how-to-spot-a-rental-scam

Melli, Heidi. “Better Business Bureau wants of rise in rental scams.” NBC Montana, 29 Sept. 2020 [Missoula, MT] , nbcmontana.com/news/doing-better-business/better-business-bureau-warns-that-rental-scams-are-on-the-rise

Vasishta, Jeff. “Six Pros and Cons of Virtual Home Tours.” Dirt Real Estate, Dirt.com, 8 May 2020, www.dirt.com/more-dirt/real-estate-listings/six-pros-and-cons-of-virtual-home-tours-1203319478/

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2021 Trends: The Importance of Virtual Showings!

2021 is here! As an unprecedented year comes to an end, we are left with seemingly fictional tales of a year that brought along several new trends that have since become commonplace. Most restaurants have continued with limited seating, sporting events now play host to screen after screen of remote fans watching via webcam, and facial coverings are considered a necessity when going anywhere in public.

A willingness to change and adapt continues to be a key to success for rental housing operators as many new trends have remained prevalent. Perhaps none more so than the safety, ease of access, and convenience of virtual showings. With the use of virtual leasing tools continuing to expand, a development into other communication functions such as resident engagement, interaction, tours, and collections is being predicted (Chamoff, 2020).

The term “virtual showing” can mean many different things. Whether it is a self-guided tour that prospective renters view online, or a FaceTime walkthrough of a vacant apartment, there should always be guidelines to ensure the potential resident is getting the most out of their virtual experience (Born, 2020).

  1. Virtual Tours Do Not Have to be Complicated – Showings can be as complicated as buying a fancy camera, or simply chatting via FaceTime. What is important, is ensuring that the tenant can adequately see the apartment and discuss with the staff.
  2. Establish and Follow Your Script – Virtual apartment tours may not be the norm for a landlord or a prospective tenant yet, but it is important to be just as thorough as you would during an in-person showing.
  3. Leave Nothing Out – Again, follow your script! Show the entire apartment just as you normally would including amenities, even if they may be closed.
  4. Leave Time for Questions – Again, follow your script! Review any property policies such as pet restrictions, available move-in dates, late fees, etc.

AFI managed-assets have offices open and are welcoming to prospective renters and guests alike! However, we remain abreast to the global situation and are always willing to accommodate for individuals that would prefer to limit in-person interaction. While change and innovation can be difficult, we remain optimistic that these lessons learned will breed new success in 2021!

References:

Born, Mackenzie. “6 Tips for a Virtual Apartment Tour.” Avail.com, Realtor.com, 17 June 2020, www.avail.co/education/articles/6-tips-for-a-virtual-apartment-tour.

Chamoff, Lisa. “Here’s What Industry Leaders Predict for Real Estate in 2021.” Forbes.com, Forbes, 23           Dec. 2020, www.forbes.com/sites/lisachamoff/2020/12/23/heres-what-several-industry-leaders-predict-for-real-estate-in-2021/?sh=48e0a7ac49e7.

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New Year = New Annual Maintenance!

While the weather is remains quite chilly in Columbia, MO, we are forward-thinking regarding the coming Spring season and what that means for our Onsite Teams. Specifically, an increased focus on beginning quarterly, and completing annual maintenance items should be on everyone’s minds!

“While regular preventative maintenance will not eliminate all issues, it is a major money-saver in the long run. At the core of preventative maintenance, your goal is to catch minor issues before they grow into major, more expensive issues” (Deming, 2020). Why wait until tomorrow to correct today’s issue?

While comprehensive maintenance items are likely more effective on a staggered basis (allowing Managers to see the property in all seasons) the following should be included on a preventative maintenance schedule once per year at minimum:

  1. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – These safety devices should be installed in each apartment and tested at least once per year.
  2. Pest Control – Can be outsourced to a local contractor or completed in-house with an easy-to-mix solution that is spread on a recurring basis.
  3. Water Damage or Leaks – Water issues are some of the more common problems that can start very small but end up doing a ton of damage if not addressed properly.
  4. Replace AC Filters – When filters become clogged and dirty, it can require the system to work harder potentially putting a big-ticket expense item at an increased risk of failure.
  5. Check for Activity that Violates the Lease Agreement – Routine maintenance can also serve as an opportunity for Onsite Teams to be increasingly vigilant of potentially harmful tenant activity.

AFI Onsite Teams receive access to a robust online knowledge base that includes extensive documentation of current processes and SOPs. These processes include company-policies pertaining to more common items such as landscaping standards, as well as comprehensive checklists for quarterly, bi-annual, and annual maintenance items.

While no checklist is perfect, we can adhere to the best practices learned over years of experience and adjust when necessary. As best practices and SOPs will undoubtedly continue to change, the goal will always be to remain in front of serious issues and prevent high-cost renovations.

References:

Cifani, Sara. “10 Routine Preventative Maintenance and Repair Duties for Landlords.” www.dumpsters.com/blog, Dumpsters.com, 19 Dec. 2018, www.dumpsters.com/blog/landlord-repair-and-maintenance-checklist.

Deming, Micky. “The Landlord’s Preventative Maintenance Checklist.” www.avail.com, Avail, 6 Oct.2020, www.avail.co/education/guides/complete-guide-to-rental-property-maintenance/preventative-maintenance-checklist.

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Management by Example: The AFI “Air Mattress” Policy

Leadership is commonly defined as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. However, commonly published leadership author, Warren G. Bennis, ventures that being a “Leader” is more complex than simply having “Followers.” “Leadership is having the capacity to translate vision into reality” (Forbes, 2013).

Who then, by Bennis’ definition, can qualify as a leader? Someone who simply barks orders and demands that his or will is implemented without a second thought? Or perhaps it is the individual that aligns their subordinates under the common goal or mission of that person/organization? Forbes.com identifies the following traits that almost all successful leaders possess in one capacity or another (Forbes, 2017):

  1. Effective Communication – Leaders can clearly and succinctly explain to their teams everything from an organization’s long-term goals, to specific tasks or duties.
  2. Accountability & Responsibility – An effective leader must take responsibility for their own mistakes/shortcomings and encourage team members to do the same while driving towards constant improvement.
  3. Team Building – Successful leadership is dependent upon the people a leader can bring around them and align in the direction of a mutually beneficial goal.

AFI is responsible for the onsite operations of thousands of units across the country and effectively manages these assets through the implementation of a lean manufacturing model. Therefore, ensuring that the skills/resources necessary to effectively manage hundreds of individuals remotely are readily available is of the utmost importance. Often, one-on-one, in-person, and individualized instruction/guidance has no substitute.  

Some advantages of onsite, in-person mentorship are:

  1. Outside Perspective – Without being physically present onsite at the asset from time to time, it can be easy to misunderstand or underestimate the magnitude of work onsite teams may be completing or issues they may be facing.
  2. Task Importance – By spending a few days (or even a few weeks) to work with the management team at the property, we assure our onsite staff that their work is not just important, but critical to the continued realization of our company’s Mission, Prospering All Stakeholders.
  3. SUPPORT – Sometimes onsite teams just need help. An extra set of hands a few days a month has proven to make a big difference to team morale and performance.

We believe the willingness to physically travel and be present where needed, when needed, is an obligation of AFI as the property operator and should not result in a significant addition to incurred expenses at the asset. To that end, AFI REFUSES to incur hotel charges and instead lodges onsite in a vacant unit whenever visiting (often sleeping on air mattresses). Everyone from our Interns, to company Leaders/Executives understands the importance of providing support and leadership to onsite teams whenever needed and minimizing costs all along the way.

References:

Kruse, Kevin. “What is Leadership?” Forbes, 9 Apr. 2013,                www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2013/04/09/what-is-leadership/#1b31f0395b90

Patel, Deep. “11 Powerful Traits of Successful Leaders.” Forbes, 22 Mar. 2017, www.forbes.com/sites/deeppatel/2017/03/22/11-powerful-traits-of-successful-leaders/#5e2b412a469f

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Preparing for Winter in Apartment Communities.

Warm fires, cozy sweaters, fast-approaching holidays, and delicious baked treats may all be things that come to mind when you think of the Winter season! However, for apartment complex Managers and Property Owners alike, the change to chillier weather can also bring about some seasonal issues that can prove catastrophic if not adequately prepared for. While heavy snowfall and severe Winter storms may top the list, items such as slip and fall hazards and frozen pipes need to be taken just as seriously.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average hospital cost of a slip and fall accident is more than $30,000. (Kutner, 2016). The Snow and Ice Management Association goes on to state that snow-related slip and fall accidents can cost between $33,000 and $48,000 on average (Melchior, 2016). Labor for repairing or thawing a frozen pipe can easily amount to a few hundred dollars with totals reaching as much as $15,000 when/if damages are severe enough to result in the need for a new plumbing system (Fixr.com, 2020).

PropertyWare.com has provided the following tips to help all operators prepare communities for Winter weather which will hopefully help avoid these types of issues all together (PropertyWare.com, 2020):

  1. Prepare for Snow & Ice Removal – It is CRITICAL to regularly check weather forecasts during winter months to appropriately prepare for any imminent/severe snowfall.
    • Are you and your Maintenance Team appropriately equipped with the necessary tools for shoveling/scrapping sidewalks?
    • Has your snow removal vendor been contacted in advance to ensure your community is on schedule for service as early in the morning as possible?
  2. APPROPRIATELY Apply Ice-Melt – Ice-melt is a must-have during Winter and is one of the easiest ways to try and prevent slip and fall accidents
    • Biggest Mistake, NOT USING IT! Applying ice-melt regardless of whether the property has been cleared/shoveled allows for ice that exists underneath the snow to be rendered obsolete.
    • Second Biggest Mistake, USING TOO MUCH! Overusing ice melt can lead to the product being unnecessarily tracked into various facilities which can also result in slip and fall accidents. Ice-melt can also burn vegetation beneath or around where the product is used.
  3. Watch Your Pipes – Outdoor pipes/sprinkler systems should have the water shut-off and be completed drained prior to the first freeze of the season.
    • Vacant units should be set to 55F with all faucets left dripping to avoid any build-up.
    • Tenants should be encouraged to leave cabinets with piping underneath (kitchen sink, bathroom vanity, etc.) open to allow for improved airflow.

Now is the right time to prepare for the possibility of severe Winter weather. DO NOT WAIT! Let us keep the well-being of our residents, staff, families, and onsite contractors at the forefront of our minds and have a safe holiday season!

References:

“11 Ways to Get Your Rental Properties Ready for Winter.” www.PropertyWare.com, PropertyWare, www.propertyware.com/blog/11-ways-to-get-your-rental-properties-ready-for-winter/

“2020 Burst Pipe Repair Cost .” www.fixr.com, FIXr.com, www.fixr.com/costs/burst-pipe-repair

Kutner, Adam S. “10 Facts & Statistics About Slip & Fall Accidents.” www.askadamskutner.com, Adam S. Kutner – Attorney At Law, www.askadamskutner.com/slip-and-fall/10-facts-statistics-slip-fall-           accidents/

Melchior, George. “Snow Bias.” www.sima.org, Snow & Ice Management Association, 29 Apr. 2016, www.sima.org/news2/2016/04/29/snow-bias

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Back to School in 2020.

By the end of August 2020, we saw most US cities negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic for approximately six months with no sign of an “end” in the near future. While more optimism has begun to flourish in recent weeks over effective treatment plans, case reduction, and even the potential for a new vaccine, many individuals around the world have simply chosen to accept the “new normal.”

Many Midwest states did not feel the full effects of the restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus until mid-late March, which meant that most (if not all) schools from Pre-K to Colleges and Universities were placed prematurely out of session. Now, as more “relaxed” restrictions are being implemented in certain areas, many students are returning to their regular coursework either online, in-person, or both.

According to CNN, as many as 34 states have elected to operate on a district-by-district basis to allow for a hybrid of online and in-person learning (Staff, 2020). CNN further suggests that back-to-school shopping may include a few items never before seen in most backpacks (Villano, 2020).

  1. Hand Sanitizer and Face Coverings – Part of the “new normal.” Students are advised to have as many as two or three face coverings available every day.
  2. Wi-Fi Connectivity – Many schools are doling out Wi-Fi hotspots to families in need or setting up makeshift access points to allow for remote learning.
  3. Mobile Devices – Other schools are focusing on the devices themselves (iPads, Kindles, etc.) to put students in the best position to succeed.
  4. Headphones – These tools will enable kids to log on to class sessions and tune out distractions.
  5. Desk or Workstation – The space should be reserved solely as their at-home “classroom.”
  6. Planner or Event Calendar – List of daily activities with times by which work must be completed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while opening schools does pose a risk for the continued spread of COVID-19, there are many reasons why opening schools for in-person instruction is important. These reasons include the critical role that schools play in the well-being of communities, the added support that in-person instruction can provide, as well as the continuation of other special services which are pivotal for student success (CDC.gov, 2020).

For more information regarding the status of school openings in your community, AFI recommends consulting your local Board of Education or county official.

References:

“Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020.” www.CDC.gov, 26 Aug. 2020, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/prepare-safe-  return.html

Staff, CNN. “Where schools are reopening in the US.” www.CNN.com, CNN, 31 Aug. 2020,                www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-schools-reopening/

Villano, Matt. “Our pandemic back-to-school supply list.” www.CNN.com, CNN, 13 Aug. 2020,     www.cnn.com/2020/08/13/health/school-year-essentials-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

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AFI Curb Appeal Standards: Lawn Aeration & Over-Seeding

What are a few things that come to mind when someone first thinks of “Winter?” Chilly weather, warm fireplaces, or possibly more forward-looking to the start of the holiday season? How about ensuring that your lawn receives proper aeration and over-seeding before the end of September?

While not necessarily the first thing on someone’s mind, this process may in fact be one of the most important things that any Homeowner (or Property Manager) has completed prior to the first frost of the year. Aeration and over-seeding can help ensure that a community’s landscaping survives the harshest of Winters and is adequately prepared to look better than ever in the Spring and Summer months.

So, if such a critical component to a robust landscaping schedule, then what exactly IS aeration and over-seeding?

Aeration is a process that mechanically removes plugs of soil and deposits them on the top of the surface. As these cores break down, the surrounding soil, now relieved of compaction, will allow oxygen to fill in the holes. At this time, it is most beneficial to over-seed your lawn with the most desirable blends of turf grass (Spring-Green.com). According to the Kansas State University Research and Extension Center, “The arrival of September with the milder conditions helps revive the summer stressed turf which naturally wants to grow and thrive. Therefore, it is important we give the grass what it needs to fully recover from the stress of summer (johnson.k-state.edu).

LawnCare.org provides five benefits Residential Property Owners and Managers alike should see immediately as a result of properly aerating and over-seeding (lawncare.org).

  1. Reduction in the compact nature of the soil underlay in the lawn
  2. Improved drainage along with a decreased amount of runoff
  3. Alleviation in damages caused by droughts
  4. Limits the development of thatch (loose and intermingled organic layer of dead shoots, stems, and roots)
  5. Allows for improved flow of air, water, and other nutrients directly into the roots’ system

Who does not love the feeling of soft grass between their toes or the sight of families enjoying a lush yard? AFI recommends consulting with your property’s preferred landscaper to discuss the best aeration and over-seeding schedule before outside temperatures drop too low!

References:

“Aeration & Overseeding.” Spring-Green.com, Spring-Green, www.spring-green.com/service/aeration-and-overseeding/#:~:text=Aeration%20is%20a%20process%20that,will%20fill%0in%20the%20holes

“September: Time to Core Aerate Cool Season Lawn.” Johnson.k-state.edu, Kansas State University Research and Extension, www.johnson.k-state.edu/lawn-garden/agent-articles/lawns/september-core-aerate.html#:~:text=September%20is%20a%20good%20time,of%20a%20healthy%20maintenance%20program.&text=Core%20aeration%20is

“Lawn Aerating.” LawnCare.org, www.lawncare.org, 24 Sept. 2011, www.lawncare.org/lawn-aerating/

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SPLASH! Pool Safety & Opening Guidelines.

The sun is starting to shine and many cities and states across the country are beginning to loosen restrictions put in place following the outbreak of COVID-19. A hot topic on many renters’ minds post Memorial Day weekend may be, “when will my community pool be open?” According to ApartmentGuide.com, a swimming pool is one of the top three community amenities prospective renters look for when considering a new apartment complex (Lloyd, 2019).

However, improper maintenance of a property’s pool on a consistent basis throughout the year can turn a community oasis, into an area of concern for Property Owners. Through years of experience and utilization of various resources, AFI is proud to maintain lively pool areas to the delight of our onsite teams and residents!

  • Preparing the Pool:
    • In the offseason, the pool should always be drained, scrubbed clean, and covered with a tight-fitting pool tarp.
    • Once ready to open, the tarp should be removed and stored in a dry location before draining any remaining water from the empty pool, cleaning again, and repainting if needed.
    • With the area clean and debris-free, we are now ready to fill the pool!
  • Checking Chemical Levels:
    • With the pool now filled, it is important to make sure the following chemicals are added and balanced appropriately.
      • pH Level
      • Alkalinity
      • Available Chlorine
      • Calcium Hardness
    • In most areas, a sample of the pool water can be brought to you local water department for a quick test and advisement on how to improve the quality of your pool water.
    • Once all chemical levels are within appropriate margins, city inspector will need to examine the pool area and sign off that it is ready for use.
  • Final Steps:
    • Before opening the pool, Property Manager should ensure that the pool rules are prominently displayed and that the pool phone is operational.
    • Manager/Maintenance Team should continue to inspect chemical levels at least once per week.
    • ENJOY!

Whether you enjoy lounging around at your local swimming hole, or prefer another form of relaxation, AFI hopes all our stakeholders enjoy these summer months and remain safe!

References:

How to Open Your Pool in Spring (2020). In www.lesliespool.com. Retrieved from https://www.lesliespool.com/blog/how-to-open-your-pool-in-the-spring/

Lloyd, K. (2019, August 27). Most Popular Apartment Amenities List. In www.apartmentguide.com. Retrieved from https://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/apartment-amenities-list-2017/

V, A. (2015, May 26). How to Open Your Swimming Pool. In www.inyopools.com. Retrieved from http://www.inyopools.com/HowToPage/how_to_open_your_swimming_pool_spring_start_up_in_ground_.aspx

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Standing Together: COVID-19 Assistance Programs.

As the Coronavirus Pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, citizens and businesses alike are facing unforeseen economic challenges. In the last four weeks, the number of unemployment claims has reached 22 million — roughly the net number of jobs created in a nine-and-a-half-year stretch that began after the last recession and ended with the pandemic’s arrival (Schwartz, 2020). More than 50% of small business owners in the U.S. say they will only be able to keep operating for up to three months under the current conditions, according to a new Goldman Sachs survey of more than 1,500 small business owners. Almost all owners, 96%, say their businesses have already been impacted by COVID-19 (Adamczyk, 2020).

While we all hope for life in the US to return to “normal” sooner rather than later, AFI urges all citizens to be proactive and seek further information regarding any governmental assistance programs that may be available. Whether you are newly unemployed, a fearful business owner, or simply struggling to make ends meet during this trying time, we hope the resources below can serve as some benefit:

Additionally, AFI encourages everyone to please continue following CDC guidelines regarding limiting the continued spread of disease through extensive hand washing, social distancing, and self-isolation if necessary. We will all get through this together and need to remain safe until then!

References:

Adamczyk, A. (2020, March 20). ‘Are we going to be left behind?’ Where small business owners can go for help during the coronavirus shutdowns. In CNBC.com. Retrieved from https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/20/where-small-businesses-affected-by-the-coronavirus-can-go-for-help.html

Schwartz, N. (2020, April 16). ‘Nowhere to Hide’ as Unemployment Permeates the Economy. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/business/economy/unemployment-numbers-coronavirus.html

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Staying Healthy in Apartment Communities… And Beyond!

Surely by now, most people reading this article have been made aware of the apparent outbreak of COVID-19, more commonly known as the Coronavirus. Some questions that may first come to mind are:

  1. What is the Coronavirus?
  2. What are the associated symptoms?
  3. What can I do to reduce the risk of infection?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that can be spread from person to person” (COVID-19, 2020). The World Health Organization (WHO) cites associated symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and other respiratory issues (Coronavirus, 2020). Researchers at Harvard Medical School have made the following recommendations regarding how to prevent the spread of disease (Coronavirus Resource Center, 2020):

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Wash your hands often with soap and water.

According to an article recently posted in the New York Times, “the virus is spread primarily through droplets expelled when someone coughs or sneezes” (Kaysen, 2020). The article goes on to state that perhaps the most effective way to reduce your chances of contracting the disease, is to remain away from densely populated spaces such as common areas and lobbies. This reality may seem particularly shocking to residents living in an apartment complex who share many of the same facilities. However, Dr. Joseph G. Allen, Director of the Healthy Buildings Program at Harvard University later draws attention away from this notion:

“These common areas are in-fact low risk areas because you’re rarely in close contact for a prolonged period. There’s a better chance of contracting the virus from co-workers, family, or a roommate.” (Kaysen, 2020).

While evidence indicates that the most “at-risk” individuals are those that are in advanced age or have a pre-existing condition such as cancer or diabetes, news of a worldwide “outbreak” has unsurprisingly left many people in distress (McCandless, Starling, & Kashan, 2020). However, much like HIV pandemic, the influenza outbreak before that, and the bubonic plague before that, history would indicate that no matter how serious this virus proves to be, it too shall pass.

What we can be certain of, is that we will be left with lessons learned from this experience. This virus has resulted in increased attention to one of the most basic health and disease prevention methods that commonly goes ignored. “Washing our hands with regular soap under warm running water is one of the best ways to prevent illness and the spread of germs to others” (Tabori, 2020). Whether you live in an apartment, duplex, or single-family home, please remember to help your community by following instructions from medical professionals and continue to wash your hands regularly.

References:

“Coronavirus.” www.who.int, World Health Organization, 12 Feb. 2020, www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Coronavirus Resource Center. (2020, March 12). In www.health.harvard.edu. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus-resourcecenter#Prevention

COVID-19. Factsheet. . , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3 Mar. 2020, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov factsheet.pdf

Kaysen, R. (2020, March 7). What Should My Building Be Doing to Prevent Coronavirus?. In www.nytimes.com. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/07/realestate/what-should-my-building-be-doing-to-prevent-coronavirus.html

McCandless, D., Starling, S., & Kashan, O. (2020, March 11). COVID-19 #Coronavirus Data Pack. In www.informationisbeautiful.net. Retrieved from https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/covid-19-coronavirus-infographic-datapack/

Tabori, K. (2019, December 2). 5 Ways Germs Spread and How to Stop Them. In www.conehealthmedicalgroup.com. Retrieved from https://www.conehealthmedicalgroup.com/chmg/medical-services/infectious-disease/5-ways-germs-spread-and-how-to-stop-them/

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