Safety tips for moving during the cold and flu season
When the weather gets colder, people spend time in closer proximity, the prime occasion for spreading influenza and the common cold. These nasty diseases are no fun, often disabling a person for days with dreadful side effects, sleepless nights, and discomfort. Worse still, even after one has fought off the cold or flu, symptoms can remain for days, even weeks, increasing chance of infection to others. No worse time to get either of these seasonal bugs is moving day, an already stressful experience.
You’ll recall how challenging things were during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Practicing safety and mask guidelines reduced risk of getting the infection, but it was still a gamble. The same can be said for cold and flu when you need to move. This is due to a variety of factors.
- When moving, you’re outside more often and increasingly exposed
- You will likely need to interact with people in close physical proximity
- The stress and intensity of moving can even exhaust the immune system, leaving you susceptible to infection
- Exposure to germy surfaces and other contaminants
When the idea is to steer clear of potential vectors of infection, moving makes that process complicated. However, we can learn a few things from the COVID situation, ensuring your move is free of getting the flu. Mobile Attic is committed to your safety, so we’ll provide some tips and hints.
Note: We want you to be safe and healthy, but remember! We’re not medical professionals. If you’re experiencing troubling symptoms or health concerns, please consult your doctors.
Preventive measures against the cold and flu
Before we get into a few tips for avoiding contracting the flu and cold, here’s a few things to know. It’s recommended to receive your flu shot if you haven’t already, since this can help deal with symptoms in the unfortunate circumstance you get the flu.
Additionally, the flu and cold are airborne viruses that cause a series of harsh side effects. They can remain on surfaces and, as mentioned, are most common in condensed areas. Children in school are very susceptible to infection. Coughing, sneezing, body aches, fever, and discomfort are just a few of the symptoms associated with them, and can make moving all but impossible.
With that out of the way, here’s several tips to help avoid contracting one or the other.
#1: Be sure it’s not COVID
It’s worth repeating, because initial symptoms of COVID, flu, and the cold have similar symptoms. Be absolutely sure, however, you’re not dealing with COVID in the unfortunate scenario you get sick. COVID can create dangerous complications and it’s not worth the risk if you contract.
#2: Mask up
Masking can reduce the potential infection rate, just as it did with COVID. Influenza and the cold are airborne, and all it takes is a wayward sneeze or cough to get infected.
#3: Avoid dense places as much as possible
People-dense places is essentially how the flu and cold spread fast. Planning times where less people are around, whether that’s outdoors or indoor spaces, can greatly reduce risk of getting the cold or flu. For instance, if you can, plan grocery runs at less busy hours. Avoid crowds where possible too.
#4: Clean surfaces and wash thoroughly
Anti-bacterial cleaners for surfaces and hands can make all the difference to avoid contracting cold and influenza. It’s not necessary every step of the way, but if you’re not sure about a surface, handle, doorknob, or container, wiping them down (and your hands) can reduce infection risk.
This is especially important, as we often touch our nose and face without realizing it, and if we’ve come into contact with an infected surface, you can see how that spreads faster.
#5: Take advantage of mobile storage units
You don’t have to handle the moving process on your own, and that’s where mobile storage pods come in. They aren’t just for convenience, mobile pods can greatly reduce the risks associated with contracting the cold and flu. Primarily, it’s done by addressing the problems we’ve discussed.
One of the first problems we mentioned, for example, was proximity to crowds and people. But storage pods reduces this with benefits like contactless delivery. You can also shorten the foot traffic associated with moving with a mobile pod, as long as it’s within a service location.
As an example, a mobile storage unit can be placed nearby your home or business, cutting away the need to make long trips to traditional storage facilities. In those circumstances, you’re likelier to be exposed to someone with cold or flu symptoms, or expose others if you’re experiencing symptoms. In regular scenarios, you’ll have to interact with anyone involved with the move more frequently.
Mobile pods and specifically Mobile Attic offer contactless assistance, meaning you can receive your pod and necessary itinerary without meeting face to face. There’s also a range of other services Mobile Attic provides to increase your safety during the flu season.
Staying safe with Mobile Attic Pods
Aside from contactless aspects of our service, what safety benefits does Mobile Attic provide? We recognize how the cold and flu spreads (as well as other surface born diseases), so we address that for each delivery and service option.
For instance, our inspectors will check each pod and make sure they’re travel ready and free of obvious signs of contamination, debris, or disease causing material. And, cleanings are conducting between each use to reduce risk of contamination. These extra steps can make a huge difference for your move. While you’ll still need to practice good hygiene and safety habits, you can be assured that contamination won’t start at the loading process.
You can also receive quotes and service information online by following the link here.
It’s no fun being sick, and even worse if you’ve got something important to do. Let Mobile Attic help by taking advantage of our services. Learn more by contacting us today.