With so many new developments surrounding the Covid-19 virus and the country's reaction, it can feel overwhelming and a little scary to be a Realtor right now. After all, Realtors interact with
Covid-19 and You: Helpful Tips for REALTORS®
Dated: March 16 2020
With so many new developments surrounding the Covid-19 virus and the country's reaction, it can feel overwhelming and a little scary to be a Realtor right now. After all, Realtors interact with multiple people throughout the day; between showings, open houses and networking events, you might be wondering what to do to keep yourself and others safe without compromising your business.
What is the Covid-19 Virus?
As of March 11, the World Health Organization has classified the Covid-19 virus (or Coronavirus) as a pandemic. Symptoms include shortness of breath, fever and cough. It has taken the world by storm, with whole countries on lockdown as they attempt to prevent the spread of infections.
How Can You Stay Safe?
Because the virus spreads mainly from person-to-person, the CDC is recommending social distancing. That means avoiding crowded areas, group gatherings, and maintaining your personal space (think about 6 feet). For more details, make sure to check the CDC's website
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
- If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products icon. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
What Precautions Should Realtors Take?
First and foremost: don't panic! Consider reducing your exposure by hosting virtual open houses. Facebook live is a great tool for this.
Let your clients know if you are not comfortable driving them to showings and arrange for them to meet you at the homes.
Keep hand sanitizer in your vehicle and use it after meeting with clients or doing showings. If you take the proper precautions.
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