Is an Airbnb Rental Still Safe and Practical Amidst The Pandemic?

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It's no secret that the ever-growing number of Airbnb properties around the world has changed the way people travel. In fact, on any given night, over two million people across the world stay in one of the platform's verified properties. Of course, that was pre-COVID-19 pandemic. We've already discussed quite a bit how much the pandemic impacted the travel industry, from forcing us to rethink air travel and encouraging us to embark on virtual vacations

The COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably changed many aspects of our lives, including the ways we travel and the places we stay. Many vacationers have grown accustomed to foregoing international travel and will, instead, visit hidden gems in the U.S. Of course, no matter where you go, safe accommodations are a must — which brings us back to Airbnb. 

The company has introduced strict guidelines when it comes to cleanliness protocols, and, unlike hotels, many Airbnb spaces offer completely private accommodations, meaning you won't have to share common spaces or amenities. But how do Airbnb's safety standards compare to those set by hotel chains? We're taking a look at everything you need to know about staying in an Airbnb — and if it remains a safe getaway option amidst the pandemic.