Swine flu-can you catch it from hotel bedding?

How many times have you stayed in a hotel, you are confused about the hygiene and cleanliness of the bedding. Never sleep on a clean bed, what can you actually get? What if I change the sheets, pillows, bedspreads or blankets?

Hepatitis A virus can survive outside the body for several months. HAV can survive certain acids and certain heat, and survive in dry feces. Other hepatitis viruses (such as HBV and HCV) can survive 16 hours to a week.

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

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

The mold that causes respiratory 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) have allergic fungal sinusitis. Mold thrives in humid and dark areas, such as air-conditioned areas in tropical climates. When you turn on the air conditioner for the first time in a hotel, this smell may be a sign of mold symptoms.

What about swine flu? The swine flu virus or the rhinovirus that causes colds requires living cells to survive. Without these cells found in body fluids such as blood, mucus, or saliva, the life span of the virus would be very short, ranging from a few seconds to 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 fabric). However, if you wet the fabric with enough fluid, mucus, saliva or feces, the virus may last longer.

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

Although in this era of epidemics, the possibility of you encountering a bed in a hotel is very small, not only has it not been replaced, but it is still damp in the case of previous guests infected with body fluids, “safer is better than regret”. Poor housekeeping service is 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 for wet or dirty bedding. After a whole day of sightseeing, do not wait until you are ready to go to bed, check it as soon as you enter the room. Get rid of the sheets! Jimmy Carter threw it in the corner the last time it was cleaned and forgot about it because Jimmy Carter was in the office. Slide your hands and arms under the sheet on top of the mattress protector (hopefully a piece) and feel for any wet spots. Remember, before you, you didn’t know who slept on this bed. Maybe it is the elderly with urinary incontinence, or the diaper changing mother and baby, what about the bedwetting child? Everything is possible, why not take a minute to make sure you or your family members jump in. Now smell your hands. If it stinks, 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, just put your hands above the headboard to check for moisture. Again, smell your hand and repeat the above instructions. If your hands smell bad, once you put your head there, your head will also be overdone.

The most important item now is the pillow. This material block filled with fibers or feathers not only has the ability to absorb and store fluid, mucus, urine, sweat and blood. The only thing that separates you is a pillow case and a barrier pillow protector. Hold the pillow in your hand and squeeze it. Hold the compressed pillow for 20 seconds. This will give you enough time to feel whether there is moisture. I did this several times in different places on the pillow to make sure it was dry.

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