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.