Real Estate & Swine Flu

Swine Flu has been in the news alot lately. I had an interesting question from a potential buyer regarding potential for catching it from visiting properties.

I thought it was interesting because with my job I'm frequently in alot of different properties under a lot of different conditions. The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great link with info on the current Swine Flu outbreak.

It seems to be a matter of careful contact, hand washing/sanitization and making a conscious effort not to spread it. CVS has great travel sized containers of Purell and I usually keep them with me when going from property to property. Be mindful of touching doorknobs, banisters, appliances etc. I also think that keeping in contact with my listings to see if anyone is sick to avoid others coming to view the property if there's a risk of a potential buyer getting sick.

One of the best tips I read was in a publication on proper handwashing - soap & water & scrub while singing "Happy Birthday" 2x should be long enough to clean your hands properly. I sure hope more of my mothers advice doesn't come back to haunt me lol.

Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

Fact Sheet

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.

Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Practice other good health habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

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