HomeCoronavirus (COVID-19): The New Travel ConundrumCoronavirus (COVID-19): The New Travel Conundrum

Coronavirus, more specifically COVID-19, is the topic on everyone’s minds today. And, not just in health-talk circles, but in schools, the workplace, on social media, and yes, in the travel industry. Offering world-class service and putting our guests first has always been something that is core to our business. And we wanted to pass along as much information as we could regarding this virus, knowing that facts and truths may ease your concerns. Keep in mind that at the time of this message, the only travel mandates we are seeing from officials pertain to cruise ships and international travel.

At Harris Vacation Rentals, our first priority is the safety of our guests. In order to keep our guests safe, our home presentation team will be sanitizing all touchpoints of each property prior to each guest’s arrival. Each property will be sanitized with an EPA approved disinfectant proven to kill the COVID-19 virus.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the Department of State, have been conscientious in updating the public regarding this global virus outbreak. Still, fears mount as many folks must travel for business, and others want to travel for leisure. As spring break and summer vacations approach, education seems to be the cornerstone for protecting yourself and your family, keeping in mind that healthy individuals are typically able to rebound from coronavirus, as well as the flu, colds, and other illnesses.

Key Points to Ponder

While there are varying opinions on what started this, most professionals agree that precautionary measures are a person’s best defense. Follow the CDC for daily updates on COVID-19 and take some common-sense approaches to wellness to help stay healthy. Many of these practices are things you should already be doing regularly.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Discontinue the practice of shaking hands and perhaps opt to wave or elbow bump for a greeting
  • Keep tissues on hand to cover coughs and/or sneezes, discarding following use
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth, and nose
  • Routinely disinfect items touched regularly (countertops, bathroom surfaces, personal cell phones, etc.)

Also, remember these important facts that have been stressed by the CDC.

  • With regard to COVID-19, reported illnesses vary greatly between mild and severe. Some people have had little to no reported symptoms, while others have been severe. Currently, information gathered suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild (only 16% of cases have a serious illness).
  • Older people and those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, to name a few, seem to be at a higher risk for serious illness. 
  • The immediate risk of being exposed to the virus currently is thought to be low for the majority of folks. 
  • The United States has not seen widespread circulation of COVID-19 in most communities at this time.

Although our beaches are closed, we will see you again when the time is right! Make sure to rely on CDC updates to stay well and safe. We hope to see you soon!

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