Barbara Corregano Real Estate https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com Find Real Estate in Staten Island NY. Buying and selling real estate Staten Island NY Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:50:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/09/why-home-office-space-is-more-desirable-than-ever/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/09/why-home-office-space-is-more-desirable-than-ever/#respond Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:50:26 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1310 For years, we’ve all heard about the most desirable home features buyers are looking for, from upgraded kitchens to remodeled bathrooms, master suites, and more. The latest on the hotlist, however, might surprise you: home offices. In a recent article by George Ratiu, Senior Economist with realtor.com, he notes how listings with an office are selling quickly: “As more companies…

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For years, we’ve all heard about the most desirable home features buyers are looking for, from upgraded kitchens to remodeled bathrooms, master suites, and more. The latest on the hotlist, however, might surprise you: home offices.

In a recent article by George RatiuSenior Economist with realtor.com, he notes how listings with an office are selling quickly:

“As more companies have been embracing remote work, buyers are driving demand for houses with home offices higher. Homes featuring the term ‘office’ are selling 9 days faster than the overall housing inventory.”

Today, more and more people are working remotely, and that’s not just because the current pandemic is prompting businesses to operate virtually. According to the same piece and the most recent data available, the number of employees working at home was fairly steady from 1997 – 2004 but has been climbing ever since (see graph below):Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever | MyKCMClearly, the work-from-home population is growing, and technology is making it possible. Just last month, according to an article on Think Google, searches for telecommuting hit an all-time high, and that’s certainly no surprise given our current situation.

People all over the U.S. are looking for answers on how to be most effective at home, and it’s making the ideal workspace more and more desirable. In fact, best practices from seasoned work-from-home professionals, like Chris Anderson, Senior Account Executive at HousingWire, tout that having a dedicated space is a must for productivity.

With today’s increasing demand for home offices, it’s a great feature to highlight within your listing if you’re selling a house that may meet this growing need. From bright natural light with large windows to built-in bookshelves or a quiet and secluded atmosphere, whatever makes your office space shine is worth mentioning to buyers when you’re ready to list your house.

Ratiu concludes:

“For housing, the continued increase in the share of remote workers implies that demand for homes with offices or dedicated work spaces will continue to increase. The current coronavirus pandemic offers a dramatic indication of the fact that companies and employees will have to develop plans and clearer policies for remote work beyond the current crisis.”

Bottom Line

Remote work may become more widely accepted as this current crisis teaches businesses throughout the country what it takes to function virtually. So, what seems like a business challenge today may be more of the norm tomorrow. With that in mind, if you have a home office, your house may be more desirable to buyers than you think.

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How Technology Is Enabling the Real Estate Process https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/08/how-technology-is-enabling-the-real-estate-process/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/08/how-technology-is-enabling-the-real-estate-process/#respond Wed, 08 Apr 2020 12:07:01 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1307 Today’s everyday reality is pretty different than it looked just a few weeks ago. We’re learning how to do a lot of things in new ways, from how we work remotely to how we engage with our friends and neighbors. Almost everything right now is shifting to a virtual format. One of the big changes…

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Today’s everyday reality is pretty different than it looked just a few weeks ago. We’re learning how to do a lot of things in new ways, from how we work remotely to how we engage with our friends and neighbors. Almost everything right now is shifting to a virtual format. One of the big changes we’re adapting to is the revisions to the common real estate transaction, which all vary by state and locality. Technology, however, is making it possible for many of us to continue on the quest for homeownership, an essential need for all.

Here’s a look at some of the elements of the process that are changing (at least in the near-term), due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing, and what you may need to know about each one if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home sooner rather than later.

1. Virtual Consultations – Instead of heading into an office, you can meet with real estate and lending professionals through video chat. Whether it’s your first initial needs analysis as a buyer or your listing appointment as a seller, you can still get the process started remotely and create a plan together. Your trusted advisor is still on your side.

2. Home Searches & Virtual Showings – According to theNational Association of Realtors (NAR), the Internet is one of the three most popular information sources buyers use when searching for homes. Your real estate agent can send you listing information and help you request a virtual showing when you’re ready to start looking. This means you can virtually walk through the homes on your wish list while keeping your family safe. As a seller, you can still have virtual open houses and virtual tours too, so as not to miss those buyers looking to find a home right now.

3. Document Signing – Although this is another area that varies by state, today more portions of the transaction are being done digitally. In many areas, your agent or loan officer can set up an account where you can upload all of the required documents and sign electronically right from your computer.

4. Sending Money – Whether you need to pay for an appraisal or submit closing costs, there are options available. Depending on the transaction and local regulations, you may be able to pay by credit card, and most banks will also allow you to wire funds from your account. Sometimes you can send a check by mail, and in some states, a mobile escrow agent will pick up a check from your home.

5. Closing Process – Again, depending on your area, a mobile notary may be able to bring the required documents to your home before the closing. If your state requires an attorney to be present, check with your legal counsel to see what options are available. Also, depending on the title company, some are allowing drive-thru closings, which is similar to doing a transaction at a bank window.

Although these virtual processes are starting to become more widely accepted, it does not mean that this is the way things are going to get done from now on. Under the current circumstances, however, technology is making it possible to continue much of the real estate transaction today.

Bottom Line

If you need to move today, technology can help make it happen; there are options available. Let’s touch base today to discuss your situation and our local regulations, so you don’t have to put your real estate plans on hold.

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How to Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/07/how-to-find-the-perfect-real-estate-agent/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/07/how-to-find-the-perfect-real-estate-agent/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:35:48 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1304 There’s a ton of real estate information available in the news today and on the Internet. It can be extremely confusing, especially in times of uncertainty like we’re facing right now. If you’re thinking of buying or selling this year, you need an agent who can help you: Make sense of this rapidly evolving housing…

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There’s a ton of real estate information available in the news today and on the Internet. It can be extremely confusing, especially in times of uncertainty like we’re facing right now.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling this year, you need an agent who can help you:

  • Make sense of this rapidly evolving housing market
  • Navigate everything from virtual showings to new online marketing strategies
  • Price your home correctly at the beginning of the selling process
  • Determine what to offer on your dream home without paying too much or offending the seller

Dave Ramsey, a financial guru, advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring an agent who has a finger on the pulse of the current market will make your buying or selling experience so much easier.

So, how do you identify who truly understands what’s happening right now? How do you know who will take the time to simply and effectively explain what today’s market conditions mean to you and your family?

Check out the agent on social media. What are they posting on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more? Are they using their social media platforms to share relevant, helpful information, or are they just posting memes and recipes? The best agents are committed to educating the consumer so they can feel confident when buying or selling a home.

Bottom Line

What agents are posting online will help you determine who meets the criteria Dave Ramsey suggested you look for: someone with the heart of a teacher. Let’s connect today, so you can work with a true trusted real estate professional.

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Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales? https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/06/will-surging-unemployment-crush-home-sales/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/06/will-surging-unemployment-crush-home-sales/#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:00:09 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1301 Ten million Americans lost their jobs over the last two weeks. The next announced unemployment rate on May 8th is expected to be in the double digits. Because the health crisis brought the economy to a screeching halt, many are feeling a personal financial crisis. James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, explained that the…

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Ten million Americans lost their jobs over the last two weeks. The next announced unemployment rate on May 8th is expected to be in the double digits. Because the health crisis brought the economy to a screeching halt, many are feeling a personal financial crisis. James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, explained that the government is trying to find ways to assist those who have lost their jobs and the companies which were forced to close (think: your neighborhood restaurant). In a recent interview he said:

“This is a planned, organized partial shutdown of the U.S. economy in the second quarter. The overall goal is to keep everyone, households and businesses, whole.”

That’s promising, but we’re still uncertain as to when the recently unemployed will be able to return to work.

Another concern: how badly will the U.S. economy be damaged if people can’t buy homes?

A new concern is whether the high number of unemployed Americans will cause the residential real estate market to crash, putting a greater strain on the economy and leading to even more job losses. The housing industry is a major piece of the overall economy in this country.

Chris Herbert, Managing Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, in a post titled Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic, addressed the toll this crisis will have on our nation, explaining:

“Housing is a foundational element of every person’s well-being. And with nearly a fifth of US gross domestic product rooted in housing-related expenditures, it is also critical to the well-being of our broader economy.”

How has the unemployment rate affected home sales in the past?

It’s logical to think there would be a direct correlation between the unemployment rate and home sales: as the unemployment rate went up, home sales would go down, and when the unemployment rate went down, home sales would go up.

However, research reviewing the last thirty years doesn’t show that direct relationship, as noted in the graph below. The blue and grey bars represent home sales, while the yellow line is the unemployment rate. Take a look at numbers 1 through 4:Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales? | MyKCM

  1. The unemployment rate was rising between 1992-1993, yet home sales increased.
  2. The unemployment rate was rising between 2001-2003, and home sales increased.
  3. The unemployment rate was rising between 2007-2010, and home sales significantly decreased.
  4. The unemployment rate was falling continuously between 2015-2019, and home sales remained relatively flat.

The impact of the unemployment rate on home sales doesn’t seem to be as strong as we may have thought.

Isn’t this time different?

Yes. There is no doubt the country hasn’t seen job losses this quickly in almost one hundred years. How bad could it get? Goldman Sachs projects the unemployment rate to be 15% in the third quarter of 2020, flattening to single digits by the fourth quarter of this year, and then just over 6% percent by the fourth quarter of 2021. Not ideal for the housing industry, but manageable.

How does this compare to the other financial crises?

Some believe this is going to be reminiscent of The Great Depression. From the standpoint of unemployment rates alone (the only thing this article addresses), it does not compare. Here are the unemployment rates during the Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the projected rates moving forward:Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales? | MyKCM

Bottom Line

We’ve given you the facts as we know them. The housing market will have challenges this year. However, with the help being given to those who have lost their jobs and the fact that we’re looking at a quick recovery for the economy after we address the health problem, the housing industry should be fine in the long term. Stay safe.

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The Housing Market Is Positioned to Help the Economy Recover [INFOGRAPHIC] https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/03/the-housing-market-is-positioned-to-help-the-economy-recover-infographic/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/03/the-housing-market-is-positioned-to-help-the-economy-recover-infographic/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:35:59 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1298 Some Highlights Expert insights are painting a bright future for housing when the economy bounces back – and it will. We may be facing challenging economic times today, but the housing market is poised to help the economy recover, not drag it down. Let’s connect to make sure you’re informed and ready when it’s time to…

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Some Highlights
  • Expert insights are painting a bright future for housing when the economy bounces back – and it will.
  • We may be facing challenging economic times today, but the housing market is poised to help the economy recover, not drag it down.
  • Let’s connect to make sure you’re informed and ready when it’s time to make your move.

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Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are Saying https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/02/looking-to-the-future-what-the-experts-are-saying/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/02/looking-to-the-future-what-the-experts-are-saying/#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:19:41 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1290 As our lives, our businesses, and the world we live in change day by day, we’re all left wondering how long this will last. How long will we feel the effects of the coronavirus? How deep will the impact go? The human toll may forever change families, but the economic impact will rebound with a…

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As our lives, our businesses, and the world we live in change day by day, we’re all left wondering how long this will last. How long will we feel the effects of the coronavirus? How deep will the impact go? The human toll may forever change families, but the economic impact will rebound with a cycle of downturn followed by economic expansion like we’ve seen play out in the U.S. economy many times over.

Here’s a look at what leading experts and current research indicate about the economic impact we’ll likely see as a result of the coronavirus. It starts with a forecast of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

According to Investopedia:

“Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the total monetary or market value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period. As a broad measure of overall domestic production, it functions as a comprehensive scorecard of the country’s economic health.”

When looking at GDP (the measure of our country’s economic health), a survey of three leading financial institutions shows a projected sharp decline followed by a steep rebound in the second half of this year:Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are Saying | MyKCMA recent study from John Burns Consulting also notes that past pandemics have also created V-Shaped Economic Recoveries like the ones noted above, and they had minimal impact on housing prices. This certainly gives hope and optimism for what is to come as the crisis passes.

With this historical analysis in mind, many business owners are also optimistic for a bright economic return. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey shows this confidence, noting 66% of surveyed business owners feel their companies will return to normal business rhythms within a month of the pandemic passing, and 90% feel they should be back to normal operation 1 to 3 months after:Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are Saying | MyKCMFrom expert financial institutions to business leaders across the country, we can clearly see that the anticipation of a quick return to normal once the current crisis subsides is not too far away. In essence, this won’t last forever, and we will get back to growth-mode. We’ve got this.

Bottom Line

Lives and businesses are being impacted by the coronavirus, but experts do see a light at the end of the tunnel. As the economy slows down due to the health crisis, we can take guidance and advice from experts that this too will pass.

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HOW TO BE THE BEST VIDEO VERSION OF YOURSELF https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/02/how-to-be-the-best-video-version-of-yourself/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/02/how-to-be-the-best-video-version-of-yourself/#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:07:38 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1283 We have all seen it now. With social distancing and working from home, watching straight-faced news anchors broadcast from their homes, in front of their decorative rock collections, their wedding photos, and their psychedelic posters. Recently the Wall Street Journal featured an article on how to create a professional backdrop for your video conference calls.…

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We have all seen it now. With social distancing and working from home, watching straight-faced news anchors broadcast from their homes, in front of their decorative rock collections, their wedding photos, and their psychedelic posters.

Recently the Wall Street Journal featured an article on how to create a professional backdrop for your video conference calls.

The main focus is to avoid unnecessary personal items to keep it professional from head to toe. And having lighting that will reflect well across to the other participants. Participants on video meetings report getting distracted by what’s behind the person speaking. While a completely blank white wall would look strange, so would family photos or a painting of a nude.

Ms. Davidson left New York to start a marketing-consulting company from her home in Greenville, S.C. For her, the first order of business was creating a suitable backdrop for video calls held with clients across the country. She removed clutter, streamlined the titles on her bookshelves, and kept family photos out of the picture. When videoconferencing, clients see Ms. Hayes in front of a white wall, with only one piece of artwork—a framed New Yorker magazine cover featuring dogs.

Her first tip: Don’t dress nicely just from the waist up. “The first time I did that, I had to get up to let the dog out,” giving clients a peek of her scruffy leggings.

Here are some tips from Carol Davidson, a Manhattan-based image consultant, for turning your home office into a professional-looking—and operating—video conferencing studio:

1.       The primary light source should be centered behind the camera. Have an extra light source—LED lamp or overhead light—so you can adjust the brightness of the room, if necessary.

2.       The background color of the wall behind you should contrast the colors of your attire. “You don’t want to blend in.” Avoid wearing white and bright colors, which might reflect light and look oversaturated. Muted colors are best.

3.       A backdrop loaded with personal items, books, and family photos looks cluttered and is distracting to clients and co-workers.

4.       Adjust your chair height, so the camera is positioned at eye level. Strategically place a pillow behind your back to remind you to sit up straight and “claim your space,” she says. Many people sit too close to the camera, so viewers feel like you’re in their face. The camera should be at a distance, so more of you is visible. “It gives a feeling that you’re sitting in the same room.”

5.       Make sure the office has furniture, draperies, rugs, or other soft surfaces that help minimize echoing when you speak.

6.       Some people wear appropriate attire from the waist up. “I’m a big proponent of head-to-toe dressing,” she says. “How you’re dressed overall is how you see yourself in the office. Our feelings project. With less of you visible, you want to project confidence.”

On the lighter side:

Simpsons had yet again predicted the future

And it seems like the Simpsons have done it again if you notice that a 1998-episode, newsreader Kent Brockman is forced to present the news from home after the characters are told they must obey new curfew rules. Many have drawn parallels with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Since for the most part, we are all working remotely for the foreseeable future, it is so important to have a productive atmosphere. While some of us are used to working from home, others have never experienced it. It can be a big adjustment, but with these tips you will be ready to take on each day.

First and foremost, you need to have a set schedule. Just because you are not going into the office, does not mean you throw structure away. It is crucial to still wake up early, have a morning routine and get ready for the day. As good as it sounds to stay in your pajamas, try your best to change into a new outfit – it can still be cozy! Having your same morning routine will help with productivity.

Find a space to set up. You may not have the luxury of an office anymore, so you need to find the best option for you. The kitchen island or the dining room table may have to be temporarily transformed to a work space. Make sure you set up your computer and all your necessary supplies. It is also good to work in a space that gets a lot of light to keep you productive.

Since you are going to be taking a lot of meetings from home, a computer set up including a camera is probably crucial. Headphones are important to keep out the noise from the rest of your family that are also stuck at home.

Take breaks here and there! You may think that since you are home you have to keep your head down and power through all day to feel productive. Luckily, working from home gives you some flexibility. Go take a walk when you reach a good point in the day, or shut down for lunch.

It is going to be a big adjustment, but there are so many ways to make the most of this situation!

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7 EASY SELF ISOLATION KITCHEN DIY PROJECTS https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/02/7-easy-self-isolation-kitchen-diy-projects/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/02/7-easy-self-isolation-kitchen-diy-projects/#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 11:58:45 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1277 As we spend more and more time at home, it’s easy to start to get sick of your surroundings. If you are starting to feel a little stir crazy, we have some ideas for you. Use this time to be productive! You have the time, so why not tackle some home improvement projects. We are…

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As we spend more and more time at home, it’s easy to start to get sick of your surroundings. If you are starting to feel a little stir crazy, we have some ideas for you. Use this time to be productive! You have the time, so why not tackle some home improvement projects.

We are probably all spending a little too much time in the kitchen these days. If you are ready to enhance your surroundings or just want to accomplish some projects, here are a few easy kitchen DIYs to occupy some of your time.

  1. Update Your Window Treatments : Trends are changing – and that includes window treatments. Gone are the days of curtains and window coverings. This one is easy. Just take them down to make your window the focal point and give your kitchen a modern look.
  2. Cabinet Update: Buying new cabinets can be very expensive, and there are not many places that are going to be doing installs during this time. If you want to change up the look of your kitchen, consider painting your cabinets. Typically it is not the functionality that people want to change here, just how they look. White can make the kitchen feel much more open and airy.
  3. Backsplash Revamp: This is a great project to spend a day or two doing during quarantine. It can be hard to find the time normally, so think about tackling this now. Choose a fun design or print to add to your kitchen to spice it up.
  4. Repaint : Paint is one of the easiest ways to update any space. In your garage you will probably find a few gallons of paint that you can choose from. Other paint stores in your area may be doing call ahead pick up – check online!
  5. Pantry Organization: Since we are stocking up on many items that live in the pantry, it may be a good time to get it organized. Start by clearing out all of the items and sorting them into groups. You then have to decide what way you wish to organize. You can use baskets, clear trays, or even a combination of both. You can even take it a step further by labeling the baskets so that you never have to dig for something.

We are all looking for ways to stay busy, and these are just a few ideas! Let us know if you do any of these or if you want any more options.

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COVID-19 HOME CLEANING TIPS https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/02/covid-19-home-cleaning-tips/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/04/02/covid-19-home-cleaning-tips/#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 11:53:02 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1273 Covid-19 tips: How to clean your home The house cleaning plan largely follows guidelines from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronavirus can live on different surfaces, some for upwards of 3 days or even longer (Source: NIH and New England Journal of Medicine). The coronavirus can live on…

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Covid-19 tips: How to clean your home

The house cleaning plan largely follows guidelines from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Coronavirus can live on different surfaces, some for upwards of 3 days or even longer (Source: NIH and New England Journal of Medicine).

The coronavirus can live on surfaces for several days. Here’s how to clean and disinfect your home properly to stay safe. The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces daily.

Things like doorknobs, light switches, phones, remotes, keyboards, kids’ toys, faucets, sinks and toilets.

To help keep the virus out of your home, follow these guidelines:

#1 Clean surfaces

Use a detergent or soap and water

#2 Disinfect to kill any pathogens

Using chemicals like Clorox actually kills germs on surfaces, not just removes debris

Make sure to use an EPA approved disinfectant, since not all products kill this coronavirus

Can’t find disinfectant wipes or cleaning solutions?

Bleach:

A homemade mixture of bleach and water can be used if appropriate for the surface.

Bleach can be diluted with cold water to make an effective disinfectant against bacteria, fungi and many viruses including coronaviruses. You can typically use ¼ cup of bleach per 1 gallon of cold water – but be sure to follow the directions on the label of your bleach. Make dilute bleach solution as needed and use it within 24 hours, as its disinfecting ability fades with time.

Non-porous items like plastic toys can be immersed in bleach for 30 seconds. Household surfaces that won’t be damaged by bleach should get 10 or more minutes of exposure.

Bleach solutions are very hard on the skin, and should not be used as a substitute for handwashing and/or hand sanitizer.

Alcohol:

Alcohol in many forms, including rubbing alcohol, can be effective for killing many pathogens. You can dilute alcohol with water (or aloe vera to make hand sanitizer) but be sure to keep an alcohol concentration of around 70% to kill coronaviruses. Many hand sanitizers have a concentration of about 60% alcohol, and Lysol contains about 80%; these are all effective against coronaviruses.

Solutions of 70% alcohol should be left on surfaces for 30 seconds (including cellphones – but check the advice of the phone manufacturer to make sure you don’t void the warranty) to ensure they will kill viruses. Pure (100%) alcohol evaporates too quickly for this purpose.

Containers of 70% alcohol should be sealed to prevent evaporation. But unlike bleach solutions, they will remain potent as long as they are sealed between uses.

A 70% alcohol solution with water will be very harsh on your hands and should not be used as a substitute for handwashing and/or hand sanitizer.

Hydrogen peroxide:

Hydrogen peroxide is typically sold in concentrations of about 3%. It can be used as is, or diluted to 0.5% concentration for effective use against coronaviruses on surfaces. It should be left on surfaces for one minute before wiping.

Natural chemicals (vinegar or tea tree oil):

Vinegar, tea tree oil and other natural products are not recommended for fighting coronaviruses. A study on influenza virus found that cleaning with a 10% solution of malt vinegar was effective, but few other studies have found vinegar to be able to kill a significant fraction of viruses or other microbes. While tea tree oil may help control the virus that causes cold sores, there is no evidence that it can kill coronaviruses.

If you don’t’ have gloves handy, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds afterwards.

Whatever cleaning solution you use, let it remain in contact with the surface long enough to kill viruses and other pathogens. The time needed will depend on the chemical.

#3 Wash clothing

For laundry use the warmest water setting and dry items completely.

Don’t forget to clean and disinfect your hamper/or wash the bag dirty clothes are kept in.

Or, CDC recommends lining your hamper with plastic, disposable bags

#4 Disinfect Packages

While there is no evidence that Covid-19 is being spread by the mail, the virus can live on cardboard for 24 hours.

#5 Wash your Hands

And lastly, you guessed it, wash your hands!

Very important that anyone returning from out-of-town travel should wash all of their clothes as soon as he or she gets home.

Remove shoes when walking inside from outdoors. Anyone stopping by the house needs to immediately take their shoes off upon entering and proceed directly to washing their hands.

If someone in your home is sick with flu-like symptoms, consider regularly disinfecting objects in your home since SARS-CoV-2 has been shown to survive for 16 hours on plastics.

The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The results provide key information about the stability of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects. The study information was widely shared during the past two weeks after the researchers placed the contents on a preprint server to quickly share their data with colleagues.

The findings affirm the guidance from public health professionals to use precautions similar to those for influenza and other respiratory viruses to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2:

“Dr. David Price on how to prevent COVID-19 from spreading: Clean hands and do ‘not touch your face, period’”

Price offered two practical tips to keep you, your family and your friends from getting the coronavirus.

“Become a hand Nazi. Everything you know about your hands, just keep it clean and you will not get this disease,” Price said. “The second thing is you have to start psychologically working on the connection between your hands and your face.”

“The ways that you get this is the transmission of the virus almost exclusively from your hands to your face, from your hands to your face and inside your eyes, into your nose or into your mouth,” Price explained. “So there’s a lot of talk about contact or getting it through contacts, hands to face.”

Additional Precaution:

–          Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

–          Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

–          Stay home when you are sick.

–          Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

–          Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. The doctor also addressed the idea that the virus is transmitted by “long sustained contact” or through the air. “There’s also a small thought that it can be aerosolized, that it can kind of exist a little bit in the air,” Price said. “The thought at this point is that you actually have to have very long sustained contact with someone. And I’m talking about over 15 to 30 minutes in an unprotected environment, meaning you’re in a very closed room without any type of mask for you to get it that way.”

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