Even with COVID-19 spreading across the globe, things still need to get done.
People still have things that need to be fixed or projects that have to be completed.
If you're one of the thousands of Americans working with a contractor during COVID for one reason or another, make sure you are protecting yourself, your family, and others.
Maintain a 6 foot distance whenever possible.
Scientists have proven that COVID-19 primarily spreads among those who are in close proximity—the longer you're within roughly 6 feet of one another, the higher your likelihood of contracting the virus.
And because people can spread the virus without knowing they're sick, it's important to follow that 6-foot guideline when possible.
If your project takes place outside, it will be easy to keep a 6-foot distance from your contractor(s).
But if your project takes place inside your home, this can be a bit tricky, so wearing a mask is recommended.
Wear a mask inside or if in close contact outside.
Masks are another key contributor to stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Nose and mouth coverings can help prevent the inhalation or spread of microscopic droplets when we talk, cough, or sneeze—droplets that could potentially carry the virus.
Because there are several examples of evidence supporting the efficacy of masks, we recommend wearing a mask whenever you are within 6 feet of a non-household member, including contractors, whether outside or inside.
Wash your hands frequently.
We all know that thoroughly washing your hands removes germs and helps to prevent the spread of the virus.
If your contractor has to work within the home, this is especially important, as you're more exposed to more germs.
Washing hands frequently prevents the transferrence of these germs to other objects, like doorknobs, handrails, cabinets, etc.
Sanitize common surface areas.
If your contractor has to come in the house for any reason, make sure you are sanitizing those areas.
Spray all-purpose cleaner liberally on surfaces and wipe clean with a soft cleaning cloth.
If your contractor doesn't need to come in the house, this isn't as much of a concern.
Monitor symptoms and continue social distancing.
After your project is done, make sure you monitor your symptoms and continue to social distance; though you may feel fine, you could be a carrier of the virus.