UPDATED: April 1, 2020
With Coronavirus (COVID-19) dominating news headlines and social media recently, many are feeling high levels of anxiety and worry about the disease and its spread. Travel has slowed down greatly, and in many cases has paused altogether, in certain regions.
As you make future travel plans, note that vacation rentals are a great option for travelers who want more control over their environment than a hotel might provide. In a vacation rental home, you can limit who is coming and going to just you and your travel companions and you can prepare your own food in the kitchen.
What is Atlantic Vacation Homes doing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, this is not thought to be the primary way in which the virus spreads. Instead, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person contact, which is the underlying rationale for "social distancing."
Atlantic Vacation Homes has always had high standards for cleanliness in our properties, and our goal is always to ensure the health and safety for our guests, our homeowners, and our staff. While we have always taken the proper precautions and employed rigorous cleaning protocols between each guest stay, we are now sanitizing and disinfecting every property following guidelines laid out by the World Health Organization, CDC, and EPA. You may also rest assured that our linens and towels are professionally cleaned in a commercial laundry that can provide the high water temperature, soaps, and sanitization needed for proper laundering. Residential machines and over-the-counter laundry soaps are not the proper way to care for linens used for accommodations. We know this is an unconventional time, but we hope our commitment to providing the most well-maintained and clean properties gives you peace of mind.
What are Atlantic Vacation Homes booking and cancelation policies?
Atlantic Vacation Homes wants to ensure you are able to book your travel with confidence. Atlantic Vacation Homes wants to provide as much flexibility and assistance to our guests as possible. As per the recent halting of short-term rental reservations enacted by Governor Baker, we are not currently taking reservations for April and May 2020. In general, we do advise all guests to purchase travel insurance. If you need to make a claim or have questions about coverage, please call Generali Travel Insurance at 866-999-4018.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.”
The consensus from the medical and scientific communities is that most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Older people and those with certain underlying health conditions seem to be at greater risk of developing more serious illness. Anyone who has symptoms of fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. If you think you have been exposed to Coronavirus or are actively showing symptoms of illness, the CDC strongly recommends that you not travel. Note that if your symptoms are mild, or if you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.
What can I do to protect myself from Coronavirus?
As the situation evolves globally, the risk levels will continue to be monitored and communicated. That said, there are some relatively simple measures, such as frequent (and thorough) handwashing, in addition to social distancing, that can dramatically reduce your risk of catching or spreading the disease. Basic soap and water and alcohol-based hand sanitizers both work to kill viruses that may be on your hands.
Source: World Health Organization
Stay safe and stay healthy when you travel.
Using sensible precautions, social distancing, washing your hands, and keeping up to date with the latest news and advice from reputable organizations such as the CDC and the WHO is your best bet for staying healthy when you travel.
|||Atlantic Vacation Homes is the premier vacation home rental & real estate company on Boston's North Shore, with over 30 years of creating dream vacations for our guests. Situated a little more than a half-hour’s drive from downtown Boston, the North Shore is the ideal spot for an east coast vacation. We specialize in coastal vacation rentals for families, large groups, and anyone else who wants a beach vacation in Massachusetts.|