How to Protect Yourself & the Community from COVID-19

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We’re all living through a historical moment in time right now. But, hear us out—at this juncture, we have a crucial opportunity to control the outcome. The spread of COVID-19 has been nothing short of alarming, and our hearts go out to anyone in our community affected by the rampant virus. However, it’s critical that we remain both calm and cautious. On the SBP team, it’s our top priority to protect the health and well-being of every agent and client we serve. Below, find out what we’re doing to inhibit the escalation of COVID-19, and what you should be doing, too. The power is now in our (supremely sanitized) hands.

Keep Clean.

In the SBP office, we’re going above and beyond to create a squeaky clean environment for both our team members and visitors. From wiping down desk surfaces with antibacterial wipes to washing our hands frequently (20 seconds, folks!) and providing hand sanitizer to our staff, there’s nothing we won’t do to ensure a virus-free setting.
And while we’re still holding open houses this weekend (with the owners’ permission, of course), we’re taking extra steps to protect each attendee. By opening all doors and windows to guarantee good airflow, providing hand sanitizer, avoiding handshakes, and placing signs throughout each home advising guests to limit touching items, we’re certain that our guidelines will safeguard each and every person to step through the door. 

Play it Safe.

Perhaps the most important thing everyone can do right now is practice social distancing—particularly if you’re feeling under the weather. When we don’t self-quarantine while ill, we’re putting the vulnerable, elderly and immunocompromised at severe risk. So, do your part to prevent the spread. Work from home (if you’re able to). Wash your hands. Cancel non-essential travel. All of these steps won’t just keep you healthy, but they’ll protect others who may be at a higher risk than you are. 

Stay Educated.

We can see where COVID-19 is headed by tracking what’s already happening in cities like Seattle and San Francisco, and particularly around the world (most notably in Italy). So, let’s stay educated and up to date with the latest news—shall we? There’s plenty of misinformation floating around social media right now, so if you wish to learn more about the real facts behind COVID-19, we encourage you to read up on the CDC’s website here.

Remain Positive. 

While the recommendations above are undoubtedly critical, there’s one missing tactic that’s arguably just as important: staying positive. This outbreak is a big deal and it’s imperative that we all act as leaders in the community, advising others to take it just as seriously. So if you can make sure that those around you are following the same recommendations, you’ll be helping us all.
Additionally, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of it all (which, in and of itself, can make you sick). So be kind to yourself. Watch your favorite movie this weekend. Cook up a fun recipe that you’ve been eyeing (we’re huge fans of Halfbaked Harvest right now). Start reading that book you’ve been putting off for so long. Treat yourself to some much-needed self-care. We’re no experts, but we’re pretty sure that staying positive can’t hurt. Together, we will prevail—just as we always do. 

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