As you may know, flu season is in full force in many parts of the world, so we thought we’d take a moment to talk about some of the ways you can protect yourself and your guests from the health risks posed by the flu, common cold, and other illnesses. Here are a few important cleaning tips and hygiene recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)*:
We’d also like to acknowledge the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having on our global community of hosts and guests. You can find updates on our policies regarding the outbreak in the Help Center.
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Thanks @Airbnb a tipple of brandy or a hot lemon and honey drink is also a very good preventative measure.
Rubbing Vicks Vapourub on the soles of one's feet and wearing a pair of pure New Zealand sock are also beneficial.
Handkerchiefs are more environmentally friendly than tissues which end up in landfill....
Eat lots of fresh fruit & vegetables, make the most of fresh air and time in the sunshine to keep up one's strength and immune systems.
Thanks @Airbnb for stating the obvious, but not always obvious requirements, as recommended by WHO, as well as considered general, but best practise.
Without scare mongering, a few other suggestions where as hosts, we need to supply essentials.
- If a bathroom is shared amongst guests and the host family, or maybe dorm styled with multiple cubicles of toilets and showers, discard soap bars at the general wash basins and use liquid dispensers. Same for in the laundry.
- Those soap dishes also need extra cleaning to avoid cross contamination from an individual’s soap.
- Use aerosol disinfectants for hard to reach air pockets and surfaces. eg: lamp shades, inside cupboards.
- Maybe use essential oil diffusers alongside the cleaning products, with oils that have antibacterial qualities.
- Please note, that liquid soaps that are sold as antibacterial, STILL need a long hand wash for the suppression of germs. There are no shortcuts.
Like Daycare centres, you should ensure they are regularly washed with disinfectants or a good detergent. Dry in the sun or place in a dryer.
Hope this helps....
I suspect that we’re going to see more cancellations as the Corona virus spreads, so I hope AirBnB does the right thing and does not penalize hosts who decide to cancel reservations for the protection of their families and themselves. We know guests can do that with impunity for unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. A pandemic certainly fits that circumstance for hosts.
Hi. I have a new reservation request from guests traveling from Hong Kong to the U.S. in June. I assumed they sent a request rather than instant booking due to the Corona virus outbreak although I am not sure. I am inclined to accept it and see how things progress with the virus outbreak by then. I am not one to over worry about things like this yet I would welcome any guidance or opinion from other hosts about whether to accept this reservation request or not at this time. Thanks.
hello @Laura2651 & welcome to ABB CC from a fellow Host in Auckland, New Zealand
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Very sadly an Italian Doctor has now been diagnosed as having Coronavirus - One has to have empathy and spare a thought to how the person/people who provide Professional Duty of Care to patients must be feeling knowing they to could be exposed to this serious disease.
Then there's the rest of us in mainstream society who have no idea where those we encounter on our daily travels may have lived in or traveled to where it originates from and what we may be exposed to.
Take care and err on the side of caution.
I think you can accept the request because as you say, this may have blown over by then. Can;t lose income based on what if??? Also ask for a copy of medical clearance to ease your mind.
coronavirus is NOT a flu
it is far more infectious
it is deadlier
it is pandemic
it is spreading by aerosols (through the air) as well
doctors and nurses get infected despite 3 layers of masks, disposable protective suits from head to toe, triple pair fo rubber gloves and protective sealed eyeglasses.
Ones infected you can have an incubation period of up to 27 days and you are infectious for others during that time
Ones you recover you are still infectious to others for weeks.
That's why it is spreading so fast and unstoppable.
Keep this in mind and educate yourself before it is too late. Follow Chris Martenson's youtube channel (13 videos till today) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD2-QVBQi48RRQTD4Jhxu8w
I agree @Branka-and-Silvia0 , that influenza is NOT Covid19, but both are from the corona virus family, as is the common cold.
I think @Airbnb are reminding everyone here on the platform, that there are other infectious viruses out there, by their subtle heading. Best practise for hygiene and cleaning, will and does go a long way with infection.
As for highly infectious diseases that evolve, such as viruses, we need to be vigilant, have action plans, but not lose sleep or make ourselves sick with worry.
Thank you for the reminder to be extra careful cleaning between guests. Disinfecting toys, door handles and remote controls all need a little extra attention.
Personally, I feel that Airbnb and the like, are cleaner than most forms of housing due to the regularity of cleaning and linen changes. As we clean and prepare, clearing away the energy of the previous guest we are refreshing and creating a new foundation for our next guest to appreciate.
What are your thoughts on this?
Certainly @Yasmin2 some of us are a lot cleaner than than average Hotel/ motel where they very rarely launder bedspreads and underblankets/ bed / mattress protectors!
I doubt if they bother to vacuum clean the mattress either unlike some of us!
It sure pays to look at Reviews , and news media articles where there may be mention of criminal behaviour or bed bugs in those places before deciding where to stay
Helen, I was surprised when staying in a 4-star inner-city hotel which is rare cause I prefer staying Airbnb. Under the bed was full of dust tissues and stuff that may have been there for a year or so.
I'm conscious to make sure each room supports those with allergies and yes all of the above you wrote too