PROPERTY NEWS - We may be out of the second wave, but the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over. With the third wave lingering, South Africans are advised against becoming complacent and should still take every precaution to guard against spreading the disease.
"Though we remain hopeful that this pandemic will soon reach its end, we also remain mindful of the many South Africans who continue to be quarantined within their homes for a period of self-isolation and recovery," says Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett.
"While recovering, it is not only important to remain within one space to avoid infecting others, but it is also important to create a pleasant recovery environment that can help towards maintaining a positive spirit while you regain health. Those who have not yet fallen ill can prepare their homes now so that they have a safe and comfortable place in which to recover should they later fall ill," he advises.
When creating a space in which to self-isolate, Goslett recommends adding as much light as possible.
"Spending too much time in dark and gloomy spaces can have a negative effect on one's mood. To brighten up a space, introduce some lighter shades of white, beige or pale yellow. To protect the resale value of the home, I would avoid using bright shades on the walls unless it is added to just one feature wall," he suggests.
Comfortable furniture is another worthy investment for any at-home recovery space. Those with dated, uncomfortable furniture may want to consider upgrading these items in their chosen recovery space so that they can recuperate in comfort.
When spending a lot of time at home, Goslett says, the small irritants in the home - such as squeaky floorboards, cupboard doors that fail to close, chipped paint or mouldy grout - can become even more noticeable and irritating. "Fixing these irritations can contribute towards keeping homeowners in healthier spirits during any lengthy recovery period spent at home," says Goslett.
Boredom is another factor that can negatively affect one's mood while recovering at home. "Towards the end of the isolation period when one is near to a full recovery, boredom can set in. To stop the spread of the virus, it is vital not to leave the recovery space during this time. Instead, make sure there is enough within those four walls to keep the patient entertained for at least fourteen days. Consider upgrading the internet package to allow the patient to stream video content or leave a few novels in the room for him/her to read," Goslett suggests.
"Ultimately, it will take a collective effort for us to curb this virus. Preparing a recovery space now will mean that you can immediately and comfortably self-isolate until you are fully recovered."
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