Letter to the Editor - April 2, 2020
Medical community needs help with housing
There is a growing concern in the medical community that they will spread the COVID-19 virus to their families if they are coming back and forth to their homes. Also, with working long hours irregular hours, a quiet, safe place to sleep could make a world of difference in keeping our medical community safe. My husband and I have donated are two Airbnb properties as “safe houses” for the medical community.
It was brought to my attention by a local surgeon that more and more medical professionals are concerned about their safety and the safety of their family members. I put a Facebook post out this week and we have had some volunteers allow people in the medical community to use their FROGs.
We are looking for more volunteers to donate their vacant homes, FROGs, campers, or any space to allow members of our medical community to have a place to stay in the upcoming weeks. There is concern that in the next week, more cases of COVID-19 will be in the Charleston area, so we are trying to prepare ahead of time and have a list of available properties to call upon. I am compiling a list of potential homes and will contact them directly once there is a need.
In an effort to keep families safe, we are asking that these are vacant properties or detached FROGs and that the spaces remain free of human traffic for 14 days after the medical workers move out. Marc Myers of LC Myers Environmental has volunteered to fog properties after move-out to eliminate viruses in the used spaces.
Daniel Island resident and cardiothoracic surgeon Karen Gersch added, “We sincerely appreciate the community coming together to help us during this frightening time. Providing us with a safe place to stay so that we protect our loved ones from exposure is tremendously helpful. Thank you.”
If you have an available home, FROG or any space that you would like to make available to our medical community, or if you are a medical worker looking for a place to stay, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.