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How to stay safe if you are living in a coliving space

The bad news

The Coronavirus pandemic started with a silent storm that caused disruptions globally. It shook the healthy, regular life as we know of it today. It also hit companies, workers, students, and residents of the Earth. Many people lost their lives- and homes too

The good news

If you have a roof over your head, you're lucky. There is access to resources on how to keep the Coronavirus from affecting you.

The power of perspective.

Co-living spaces are perfect Petri dishes for breeding the virus. Co-living spaces are built by communities that stick together (literally & figuratively) in closed areas. It's not ethical with the social distancing norms as we see it.

Residents are incapable of making movements outside, depending on local guidelines. The students & professionals who inhabit the shared spaces aren't allowed to be anyplace, but home.

There's a silver lining to every cloud

Here, you at least have a place to be until normalcy is back. Staying at fancy co-living spaces like ours, that's beyond average isn't a challenge during the global crisis.

We have norms explained easily, to help you live the best hygienic life during the stay.

How to avoid needless exposure in a coliving environment?

You're in a shared space. It means that you have access to amenities that others are allowed to use as well. Many common areas like halls, porches, kitchens, gyms might be shared.

Let's go over some best practices that will keep you, and others safe.

Ensure a clean campus environment

Some habits will save you from getting infected. Charity starts at home. You keeping the accommodation’s cleanliness in check with help others do the same.

These are the usual safety protocols. Inspire others in your co-living to follow these practices too.

  1. You must not engage in social groups or call one, to begin with, in the first place. Social activities that require your physical presence isn't worth more than your life.
  2. Your coliving might not offer food delivered to your rooms. It would be best if you avoided group dining at the cafes and shared tables. Learn from your caretaker about time slots for meals served to counted people of a small group.
  3. If you are a student, you must avoid group studies. It can get tiring, but it's for the best.
  4. If you need to step out of your dorm/ room, ensure that you use a mask. You can DIY your face mask with layering fabric thrice & stitching it.
  5. You must avoid using the lifts if possible. The chances are that you will be touching the buttons to operate it. Hit the stairs. Bonus: It's a good exercise.
How to maintain hygiene in a common-room?

Having a room with an attached bathroom is suitable for individuals. We usually offer such comforts. However, you might be living with a roommate in your coliving. It's equally vital to think of their safety too. Here are some advises that you and your roomie (s) must follow:

  1. Keep your doors and windows open for air ventilation and flow. It's always good to feel nature's breeze now and then. It's a relaxing sense.
  2. Always disinfect the doorknobs, study desks, side tables, and other surfaces which are often in contact.
  3. Have your covers and linens changed often. If the supervisor is in charge of going doing this, have them coordinate with housekeeping.
  4. Try to be in your space in the room and avoid close contact.
Personal hygiene.

The first and last hygiene checkpoint is you—your safety matters. Mental and physical wellness adds years to your life. Sharing personal happy stories are a social act. But sharing personal item's- not so much.

Sharing is not caring during the coronavirus pandemic.
  1. Avoid sharing your headphones, and other personal electronics with others.
  2. Wash your hands often, with a soap. You can use a 70% alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  3. It would be best if you covered your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze. Dispose of the used tissue in a closed mouth dustbin.
  4. If you feel sick, consult your doctor or medical experts.
What if your roommate is an essential service provider?

If your roommates happen to be working with essential services, you branching out isn't a moral choice.

Essential services like medicine, delivery valet, FMGC are driving the world on their shoulders.

You both may not need an option to get a single occupancy. In this case, you may consider the following:

  1. If shifting to a single-sharing room is not an option for you or your roommate, you can still stay together by ensuing certain precautions.
  2. Check your body temperature regularly.
  3. Stay at a fit distance from each other at all times.
  4. Disinfect commonly shared items and electronics. Your TV, switchboards, closets need extra cleansing care.

Keep yourself informed of government guidance and policies on safety precautions and practices.

Further reading and resources:
What are the signs of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are often fever-like. It involves dry cough, fever, tiredness, and unusual breathing.

How to stay safe from Coronavirus?

Practise social distancing and wash your hands often.

  1. www.who.int
  2. corona.mygov.in
  3. www.worldometers.info/coronavirus