Swine flu-can you catch it from hotel bedding?


How many times have you stayed in a hotel, you are wondering about the hygiene and cleanliness of the bedding. What do you actually get from sleeping on an unclean bed? What if I change the sheets, pillows, bedspreads or blankets?

Hepatitis A virus can survive in vitro for several months. HAV can survive under certain acids and certain heat, and survive in dry stool. Other hepatitis viruses (such as HBV and HCV) can survive from 16 hours to a week.

Since 2005, researchers have known that “super bacteria” like C. Difficille, found mainly in hospitals, can survive on bedding for several weeks and even resist bleaching. Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a relatively common bacterium found on the skin and nasal surfaces of healthy people and animals. MRSA caused outbreaks in schools and gyms and was spread through contact with towels.

If the bedding is not properly replaced or cleaned, bacteria and viruses may spread. Virus infection from hotel bedding is not common, but it can happen, especially when you talk about upholstered headboards, quil-stitched bedspreads and pillows, they can retain enough moisture to allow the virus to survive long enough To get infected. On the other hand, bacteria is a more difficult life. If you deposit enough bacteria on the headboard or pillow before you are infected with bacteria, you may be infected.

The mold that causes respiratory problems and skin problems (such as eczema) is almost indestructible and can live almost anywhere. According to a 1999 Mayo clinical study, 93% of patients with chronic sinusitis (CRS) had allergic fungal sinusitis. Mold grows luxuriantly in humid dark areas, such as air-conditioned areas in tropical climates. When you turn on the air conditioner in the hotel for the first time, this odor may be a sign of mold symptoms.

What about swine flu? Swine flu viruses or rhinoviruses that cause colds require living cells to survive. Without these cells found in body fluids such as blood, mucus or saliva, the lifespan of the virus will be very short, between a few seconds and 48 hours, depending on the surface. Viruses tend to live longer on non-porous surfaces (such as door handles) than on porous surfaces (such as fabrics). However, if enough fluid, mucus, saliva or feces are used to wet the fabric, the virus may last longer.

Can you get swine flu from the hotel bed? not necessarily. You will have to lie down and deposit the swine flu virus on the face of the infected person within minutes of lying there. However, if you happen to come into contact with the wet spots of infected body fluids, it is very likely.

Although in the current era of this epidemic, you are less likely to encounter a bed in a hotel, not only has it not been replaced, but it is still wet in the case of previous guests infected with body fluids, “safety is better than regret.” Poor housekeeping services are the slogan of life.

The same precautions and methods that should be used on any hotel bed when checking for bed bugs can also help you check wet or unclean bedding. After a long day of sightseeing, don’t wait until you are ready to go to bed, check once you enter the room. Get rid of the sheets! Jimmy Carter threw it into the corner during the last wash and forgot it, because Jimmy Carter was in the office. Pull a corner of the cushion closest to the headboard and check for rusty colored spots and bed bugs. Slide your hands and arms under the bed sheet on top of the mattress protector (hopefully there is a piece) and feel if there is a damp place. Remember, before you, you don’t know who is sleeping in this bed. Maybe it’s the elderly with urinary incontinence, or the mother and baby who changed diapers, what about the bedwetting children? Everything is possible, why not spend a minute to determine what happened before you or your family jumped in. Smell your hands now. If you smell, wash your hands and leave the room. Better than others.

After checking the bed, move to the headboard. If the bed is sewn or covered with fabric, simply place your hand above the headboard to check for moisture. Again, smell your hand and repeat the above instructions. If your hand smells bad, then once you put your head there, your head will be over.

The most important item now is the pillow. This block of material filled with fibers or feathers has the ability to absorb and store fluids, mucus, urine, sweat and blood. Separate from you is a pillowcase and a barrier pillow protector. Hold the pillow in your hand and squeeze it. Hold the compressed pillow for 20 seconds. This will allow you enough time to feel the presence of moisture. I performed this operation several times on different positions on the pillow to make sure it was dry.

After spending 5 minutes checking the bed, the headboard and pillows, I still put down travel sheets like Allersac. If the clean sheets completely separate me from the mattress and pillow, then the extra protection of my own travel sheets will allow me to relax and feel comfortable after washing the sheets.