Do you full-time RV? Are you trying to navigate life during the coronavirus outbreak? Are you trying to figure out if you should cancel travel plans? It has been such a confusing time for everyone. So let’s dig in a little bit.
Full Time RV and Coronavirus
Thank you to everyone who has emailed, texted, posted, and commented asking how we are doing. We appreciate you thinking of us during this time. We are doing well and we hope you are also healthy.
Many people have asked us what are we doing during the outbreak. We are sitting still, waiting it out and practicing social distancing while avoiding public spaces as much as possible and finding things to do in and around the RV. We hope you are also practicing social distancing and avoiding the public as much as possible.
Nurse Practitioners Take on COVID19
As a nurse practitioner, I see things from the medical perspective. I prefer facts and science. I have a hard time seeing so many false statements about the coronavirus spinning around the internet. These are just a few false statements I have read.
- The virus was spread in the US because scientists brought it here to test and it ‘got out.’
- It is just the flu.
- It is not more dangerous than the flu.
- Only the elderly are at risk.
- 20 somethings can’t get sick.
- It spread in Italy because they have socialized medicine.
- It spread in Italy because they don’t live in sanitary conditions.
- Once the new flu shot comes out we will all be fine.
- The media is making a big deal about nothing.
Just the Facts, Ma’am
There is so much false information out in cyberland. Get your information from the experts. The best places to learn about the coronavirus is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). When reading about the coronavirus always check your source and make sure it is credible.
You can learn a lot on the CDC and WHO websites. These organizations detail everything about the virus including how it spreads and how to protect yourself and your family. They also post worldwide updates frequently. The WHO and the CDC are the trusted sources for all things corona!
Trust but verify everything including what you are reading right here! I have embedded many free handouts and videos from the CDC and the WHO.
Why Campgrounds Closed
I have been reading all over the internet how ‘stupid’ it is to close campgrounds due to corona. Yes, I get it. You can be in a campground and self-isolate. Many people stayed to themselves at campsites long before the virus. But look at it from another angle.
The problem comes when people carry the virus from one location to another without realizing they are carriers. This puts communities without an outbreak at risk.
Your risk will increase when you leave a community without an outbreak and travel into a community with an outbreak. You may not be aware of the outbreak status of the location in which you are traveling.
Every time you stop, the risk of contraction increases to you, your traveling companions and the people at the location in which you are traveling. Touching the gas pump, buying a snack in the store, stopping at a rest stop will all increase the risk of contracting the virus. It also increases the likelihood you will spread the virus.
Another problem is the facilities at the campground can spread the virus. Many RVers are not self-contained and need to utilize the bathroom, showers, and laundry facility. This creates a risk for the campground to unknowingly spread the virus.
The Coronavirus can live for hours to days on surfaces. According to the National Institutes for Health March 17th News Release coronavirus “was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.”
Rootless Living has a list of long term open campgrounds. You can find it here: State-by-State Extended Stay RV Park Resource for Displaced Full-time RVers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thank you Gary Hirsch for sharing the link in the comments of our YT video.
Coronavirus Campground Closings
The majority of the closings are national parks, state campgrounds, military campgrounds and the Corps of Engineer campgrounds. I know it has been difficult. Many people have had to scramble to figure out where to go after being kicked out of campgrounds and after their reservations were canceled. The good thing is most private campgrounds are not closing. You can still find a spot but it might take a little more effort to do so.
Here are a few links that list campground closings
- State by State Campground Closures by Campendium
- National Parks Traveler
- State Park Closures due to COVID19
Traveling during the Coronavirus Outbreak
Many RVers are hearing from other RVers and Youtubers that it is ok to travel because you live in your RV, and you plan to self isolate when you get to your next location. I think the best idea is to find a place to sit for a while and allow the virus to slow down and plateau. Especially, if you are in one of the high-risk categories. The last thing I want is for you to become sick with this untreatable virus. I want nothing but your continued health and happiness.
There may be times that you have to travel such as displacement due to closing campgrounds, canceled reservations, to get back to your sticks and bricks or because you found a long term site to hunker down. If you do need to travel here are a few tips to help prevent you from taking the virus with you.
- Clean your hands before you get back in your rig with some type of disinfectant.
- Do not touch your door handle before cleaning your hands. You do not want to put the virus on your door, steering wheel, keys, etc.
- If possible only one person should exit the rig to conduct business. The less who come in contact with others and objects the less opportunity to spread the virus.
- If you stop at a public bathroom wash your hands before leaving the bathroom and disinfect before getting into your vehicle.
- Wash your hands before you touch food, before you eat, every time you enter your RV, and after every public encounter.
- Avoid eating with your hands use a fork for everything including fries.
- Follow all CDC and WHO guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.
I know many of these tips may seem like overkill but the extra time you take to wash up and disinfect may make all the difference.
The medical community is begging everyone to stay home. Here is why
Full Time RVer & Pulmonologist shares how RVers can stay safe from the Coronavirus Outbreak.
Beyond the Wheel’s latest podcast is OUTSTANDING!! If you have questions about the Coronavirus I highly recommend taking a listen to Dr. Campbell. She compares Coronavirus to the flu to explain how they are different and why the Coronavirus is much more of a concern. She also talks about how to stay safe during the outbreak and so much more.
Be sure to check out other podcasts from Beyond the Wheel to learn about all things RV!!
What the CDC wants you to consider before traveling
- Is COVID-19 spreading in the area where you’re going?
- Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
- Are you or your travel companion(s) more likely to get severe illness if you get COVID-19?
- Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you are told to stay home for 14 days for self-monitoring or if you get sick with COVID-19?
- Do you live with someone who is older or has a serious, chronic medical condition?
- Is COVID-19 spreading where I live when I return from travel?
More information about all of these questions can be found on CDCs travel page.
Flatten the Curve of Coronavirus
I know you have been hearing ‘flatten the curve’ for weeks. What does it mean? Why is it important? Flatten the curve simply means to decrease the number of people who contract the disease at the same time. This will decrease the influx of people that will need hospitalization. Which is the biggest problem with the number of people contracting the disease. There is not enough hospital beds, not enough nurses, and not enough doctors to care for the sick.
The early estimates show that a fifth to a third of those between the ages of 45 and 65 who contract the disease are hospitalized. Among those over 75 years old, hospitalization estimates range from 30 percent to more than 70 percent.CDC COVID-19 Response Team, Outcomes Among Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — United States, February 12–March 16, 2020
Let’s play with numbers for just a minute.
San Antonio has a population of 1.4 million people. If only 1/4th of the population contracts the virus that would be 350,000 sick people. If only 20 percent need to be hospitalized then 70,000 people would need to be hospitalized. This is why it is so very important to slow the spread of the disease and to ‘flatten the curve.’
Wondering how closing schools, staying home from work, no dining in restaurants, and social distancing will help flatten the curve? Here is an excellent example.
To see this graph in action head over to The SpinOff Covid19 video.
Are you worried about cabin fever? Are you getting stir crazy? Is your husband driving you nuts? There are activities you can do that are safe. Just remember to adhere to your local orders such as ‘stay home’ or ‘shelter in place.’
Go for a hike, bike ride, fishing or run. All of these activities are completely safe as long as you are distanced from others. I would not advise entering a welcome center but a trail absolutely! So hit those trails!
Exercise can be a big help during this difficult time. It will ease stress and release happy hormones. It will also help to prevent depression and ease cabin fever. Besides after a good walk, your husband may not get on your nerves nearly as much! 🙂
Johns Hopkins University has the best website I have found with live updates on the coronavirus. They update several times throughout the day. One of the main things I am watching is the total recovered. When the total recovered starts to come close to the number of confirmed then we know we are out of the woods.
I will continue to update the blog with new links as I find them. If you found a link that may help others please put it in the comments. I will add them to the post.
We pray you and your family remain healthy. We are wishing for a quick end to this outbreak and the ability to return back to our life before this terrible new virus. But we know this too shall pass. One day we will be telling our kids about the time when…..
Blessings and virtual hugs to you all, Stacy
Author: Stacy, You, Me & the RV, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2020.