Hotel rooms, including fancy ones, found to be hotbeds for bacteria

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Hotel Rooms, Including Fancy Ones, Found To Be Hotbeds For Bacteria

Travelers are often well aware of the dangers present in notoriously bacteria-laden environments such as airplanes and other transportation modes.

Based on a small study conducted by Travelmath, hotel rooms don't appear to be all that hygienic, either.

A team was sent to swab 9 different places of lodging to determine how many germs were lurking and where they were hanging out.

Sample analysis revealed that the rooms tested were, on average, dirtier than a home, a plane or a school.

Areas of particularly troublesome concentrations include bathroom vanities and remote controls.

Each came up with an average reading of colony-forming units per square inch in excess of 1.2 million.

Considering less frequent usage, desks fared a bit better, coming in at a bit over 600,000.

Phones produced a median result just in excess of 4,000.

Based on Travelmath's findings, staying in a fancier hotel won't make such issues go away.

In some cases, the hotbeds of bacteria habitation in 5-star accommodations were just as rife with germs, if not more so, than those in 3 and 4-star establishments.

On an up note, most of the problems can be remedied with a simple swipe of an antibacterial towelette.
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