LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Traveling is a big part of the way we live. Whether doing it for business or pleasure, we spend a lot of time each year traveling. We take airplanes, taxis, rental cars, and stay in countless hotel rooms. But what most of us are not as concentrated on are the incredible number of germs we come across along those traveling paths, many of which can make us sick. The more we know about the germ facts, the better prepared we can be to help avoid them and reduce our risks of getting sick.
“Germs are everywhere, but when you go on airplanes and stay in hotels, you are exposed to some germ hotbeds,” explains expert traveler Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of travel wellness company Savvy Travelers. “The good news is that if you are savvy about the travel you are doing, you can plan ahead, be prepared, and help minimize the germ risks.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average adult gets 2-3 colds per year, and they generally last 7-10 days each. That’s a lot of time to spend feeling under the weather. The flu virus can live on hard surfaces for up to eight hours. The CDC also reports that cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs can help prevent the flu from spreading. Keeping this information in mind, here are some travel truths regarding some of the most germ-laden places people come across while traveling:
- Planes.The number of germs found on airplanes is eye-opening. The tray table alone has over 2,000 colony forming units of germs per square inch. The places on planes with the most germs are tray tables, seat belts, airplane restrooms, and overhead air vents. In the airport, the drinking fountain buttons are the worst offenders.
- Public Restrooms. Restrooms are notorious for having a lot of germs in them, especially those that are not cleaned often enough. While traveling, people are bound to come across restrooms that are harboring thousands of germs. The most germ-laden places tend to be the door handles, flush handle, and the sink area.
- Cell phones.Think about all of the places that people take their cell phones, and then about how often they take the time to clean them. That explains why they are believed to have more germs than a toilet. In fact, the University of Arizona reports that they carry 10 times more germs than a toilet seat.
- Hotel Rooms. Research has shown that the things with the most germs in a hotel room include the remote control for the television and the light switch for the light next to the bed.
“Travelers will come across an incredible amount of germs,” added Aldatz. “The good news is that they can be prepared and minimize the risks. Always travel with cleaning wipes so that you can quickly and conveniently sanitize the plane tray table, seat belt, and hotel room remote control, among other things. Those few seconds it takes to do that can save you days worth of being sick.”
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