The coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing the daily way of life and routine of millions of people all around the world. From where and how people work and how each of them interacts with others in ordinary day to day situations. The Australian federal government has and still is, telling the population about social distancing. So it seems that the best option to keep the virus at bay is to stay at home as much as possible. For many, this means limiting outings to the bare minimum and for others, it means keeping away from everyone else at all times. So if you are choosing to stay at home for more hours in the day, it's fair enough to say that you may be living life a little bit differently, here are some precautions you can take to keep the virus at bay.
See the outside from your smartphone
If you already have either a camera or doorbell, now is the perfect time to check the level of your battery. Replace them if it is sitting at or below 10%. Check they are well positioned and remove any obstructions, such as cobwebs and dust. If it’s a camera, check the angle of the lens. Will you be able to see when someone is there? What about if your online shopping gets dropped off at your doorstep? Next, is to check that you have all wires out of sight and ensure that the camera has a strong internet connection.
If you don’t have either a smart camera or doorbell, look for one that includes two-way communication. Once installed, activate all notifications in the settings from your smartphone. This way you’ll know when people have arrived and can direct them from the comfort of your couch. Depending on the angle and position of your camera, you can even monitor your driveway too, so you won't be caught in your PJs when a guest decides to turn up earlier than expected.
This is something that I know, I have not been paying too much attention during the pre Covid-19 days. But now, this has solidified itself within the cleaning routine. Make sure to regularly wipe down all the door handles inside and outside of your home, and yes this does include the entry to your home too. As these are high touchpoint or high traffic areas, they can easily be a 'port' to transmit bacteria around your home without you even realising it. Whilst you're at it, don't forget to regularly clean your mobile phone and keys. You never quite know what you have touched throughout the day and by putting your hands on your keys or phone (and then to your face when there's a call) is another way that bacteria can be easily transferred. So it might be worth spending an extra 5-10 minutes to clean all these mostly forgotten items.
Create a drop off zone
If you plan on having plenty of online shopping done, then you will want some space that can be a designated drop off point for all these purchases. This drop off point can be around the corner of the house, or maybe behind an unlocked gate. The only required? make sure that it is well out of sight from the main road. Why not place some pot plants to further obstruct the view? For that extra protection to your delivered goods, install a heavy and durable chest in that spot. Anchor the chest to the floor so no one can remove it from your property. Attach a smart padlock and ask the delivery driver to use it if you are not at home.
Another alternative is to ask your courier to leave the parcel in your garage. Place cameras in here too so you can see where your delivery driver is leaving your package. All you have to do is open and close it from your garage remote. To make it clearer, place tape on the floor or signage noting your drop off point. The best thing about doing it this way is you can be safely inside of your home during this period. Of course, make sure that your garage remote can be operated from inside. Lastly and most importantly, check it has plenty of battery.
You have now securely and safely prepared your home to minimise the spread of viruses and bacteria. All you have to do is make sure to keep washing your hands often, especially after receiving each delivery or after each trip outside of the home. We all know that we can't be too careful. Stay safe out there!