As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, an increasing number of families are becoming ever more worried about loved ones who are at high risk of contracting the virus. From adults with older parents to families with children who have compromising conditions, there’s never been a more critical time to find safe ways to travel while still maintaining social distancing standards. In this article, we’ll take a look at how RVs can help support social distancing efforts in families.
RVs Support Social Distancing
In response, recreational vehicles like park models and campers are becoming more relied upon for keeping families safe from the current contagious outbreak. Thanks to their spacious and accommodating designs, families of nearly all age ranges and sizes can safely travel, support high-risk loved ones, and more or less go about their typical daily lives.
Here at East Coast Campers, we have already seen the ways that RVs are helping families support social distancing efforts as they strive to minimize their contribution to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read on to learn how a traditionally “recreational” form of transportation is now serving a dual purpose as a functional, health-sustaining vehicle.
Families With Children
While many individuals struggled to deal with workplace closures, families with children were additionally blindsided by the sudden closure of schools. While this adjustment has not been easy for many families, there is a silver lining in the midst of all this pandemic madness.
With workplaces now operating remotely and school courses being taught online, families have a rare opportunity to spend time with one another that might not otherwise be possible had their schedules remained the same. With this in mind, it’s a great time to take that RV camping trip you’ve been putting off. While your normal mainstays are shut down, why not go explore those places you and your kids have always been wanting to visit? Take a drive and check out a majestic natural park, or find a serene wilderness spot and set up camp together.
If you’re worried about space, that probably won’t be an issue. East Coast Campers and other RV dealers offer a wide variety of inventory and product options, making it super easy to maximize square footage, RV storage, and proper social distancing between individual family members.
Families with Older Adults
The majority of case reports and deaths from the novel coronavirus are seen in older demographics, so families with senior-aged relatives should be especially cognizant of maintaining health standards and practicing social distancing. As hard as it may be to remember the six-foot rule at all times, it’s easy to see why this physical gap is necessary for the protection of the wellbeing of your older loved ones.
Many RVs include multiple rooms so that family members can spread out to appropriate distances, and separate bedrooms can, if necessary, be used for isolation and quarantine purposes. Furthermore, when you’re on the road, you’ll ideally be making frequent stops to natural spaces, where the fresh air and open terrain allow the whole family to interact without compromising anyone’s safety.
Whether your family currently lives with older relatives or plans to travel long distances to visit them in their respective homes, a recreational vehicle is an excellent way to accomplish either of these objectives.
Families With High-Risk Members
Not all families include older adults or senior citizens, but they may still have members who are at higher risk of severe illness. Individuals with asthma and respiratory issues have reported higher incidences of COVID-19, and there are a number of other conditions that may increase the odds of contracting coronavirus disease.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that the following factors may put individuals at greater risk of developing severe illness:
- Cancer treatment
- Smoking cigarettes
- Diabetes (Types I and II)
- Obesity (body mass index exceeding 40)
- Chronic kidney disease and/or current dialysis treatment
- Use of immunocompromising medications like corticosteroids
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Liver disease
- Serious heart conditions
Whether you or an individual in your family fits any of the aforementioned criteria, it is important to maintain proper social distancing and to practice disinfectant procedures on a daily basis. Also, if you are traveling in your RV, be sure that all destinations you plan to visit are not reporting significant case numbers. Do your best only to visit those areas with low rates of COVID-19.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this article on how RVs can support successful social distancing efforts in your family. If you’re in need of a new RV or maintenance on your existing trailer or camper, we are here to help. East Coast Campers is proud to still be providing services and products to Delaware and surrounding states during this time of crisis. Please contact us today for more information, or explore our extensive inventory online now!