According to doctors living in an apartment complex can put you at a higher risk of contracting a disease. Presently we are dealing with COVID-19, but in reality this holds true for any type of contagious illness.
According to Dr. John Raymond, President and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, “They (people living in apartment complexes) probably are at a bit higher risk.”
The reality is that most persons or a family will not say if they’re sick, and management offices are prohibited from disclosing this information due to privacy laws (if they know to begin with).
COVID-19 like similar corona virus can survive on the surfaces of plastic and metal for days.
In 2003, the Amoy Gardens an apartment block in Hong Kong with approximately 19,000 residents reported 300 confirmed cases and 42 deaths from an outbreak of SARS virus.
Research in cases originating in apartment complexes finds that it can also be transmitted via plumbing systems.
Such organisms can be transmitted between rooms on different floors of a building through the airflow system that helps water to move around the plumbing. Not only were the organisms in the air in rooms, the droplets contaminated surfaces in these rooms and inside the system itself
Three cities that were hit hard by COVID-19 are Wuhan, Milan and New York City. Each is located on a different continent, however they have one thing in common, high-rise living.
Other ways that you can contract an illness while living in an apartment complex is recirculated and inadequately filtered air between units, high-touch surfaces like door knobs and elevator buttons and an inability to maintain social distancing, especially if riding in the same elevator.
Your home is supposed to be your emotional and physical sanctuary, what if it turns out to be the entryway for a life-threatening illness?
There will probably be city dwellers, especially those living in apartment complexes that are eyeing suburbs or the closet small town as their next home. With medical experts predicting another round of Covid-19 later this year, there is a sense of urgency in migrating away from areas where people are living so close together.
If you have young children, or plan to have some soon it make sense to put this plan into action. Sitting inside your apartment all day allows you plenty of time to make decisions and develop a viable plan to make this change a reality. It’s about trading in the elevator for a back yard.
Is there an in-between alternative. Yes, you can move to an apartment complex with a limited amount of units out in the suburbs which is more common. Perhaps one with a total of two or three stories, where you can use the stairs if necessary.
No doubt there will be those that decide to move out even further to rural areas or a scenic state. One could argue that rural areas are medically ill-prepared for a spike in an infection rate, but one only has to look at New York City which was woefully unprepared from providing PPE and having facilities ready despite being one of the wealthiest and populated cities in the world.
Another byproduct of the Covid-19 situation is that companies are realizing that their employees can complete their job just as well from home as from an office building, thereby saving them money to house employees while they work.
With city governments extending the date of lifting rules against opening businesses and citizens being able to carry on with their lives, there are many that while going stir-crazy, decide, “Never again!” and start perusing the internet for real estate companies.
Sources EmergInfDis - CBS58
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