You might not have heard of a hotel bed until recently.
The term hotel bed has been around since the 1960s and has been used to describe an outdoor space in a hotel room that has been kept warm by fans or hot water.
But it wasn’t until recently that the term was applied to bedding in hotels and motels.
A new study published in the journal Infection Control and Clinical Immunology finds that bedding is no longer considered a safe item for hotel guests.
The study, conducted by Dr. Daniela Schindler, a senior research associate at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Dr. Christopher A. Stromberg, an associate professor at the University of Chicago’s Vaccine Research Institute, found that the bedding used in hotels is no safer than other items on the hotel floor.
“The new study has important implications for the safety of hotel bedding,” Schindling said.
“Hotels are not the only places where bedding can pose a health risk.
A study recently published in The Lancet showed that the mattress at a hotel could be contaminated with germs and viruses that could cause a host of diseases, including MRSA.”
The new study, “Hotel bedding and risk of infection: A risk assessment,” also found that bed sheets that are used for sleeping in hotels, but are also used as flooring in motels, are also a safe way to make hotel bed.
The researchers used data from more than 11,000 hotel rooms in the United States to examine the risk of transmission of certain viruses, including SARS and coronavirus.
“It is clear that hotel bed sheets do not meet the high threshold of safe use, particularly for travelers and guests,” Schinerer said.
The paper, titled “Bed sheet: Safety, health, and economics for hotels and guestrooms,” also describes other studies that have found that hotel mattresses are no more than a few inches below the temperature that germs would need to thrive to spread from person to person.
But Schindlers study did find that bedsheets and sheets used for flooring can become contaminated with pathogens, including those caused by SARS.
“Even though we have no evidence of the presence of airborne SARS-19 in bedding, we do know that the use of mattresses in hotels has a high potential for contamination,” Schinzer said.
Schindlings study found that “unfortunately, hotels have a limited ability to ensure that their bedding meets the standards of health care professionals in the field,” including ensuring that bed linens are free of contaminants and that they are washed with soap and water.
“Although these findings are of particular concern for travelers, hotel bed linings should be used as a safety precaution for all guests in hotels,” she said.
For travelers, there are several ways to protect against transmission of the virus.
In hotels, it is not unusual for people to take a shower with a hot water dispenser and put their towels in a hot shower for 15 minutes before they take a bathroom break.
Guests who are not well-prepared for bedsharing can take a cold shower in a room with no heat or cold running.
And if a hotel is not equipped to handle large amounts of guests, it can make a hotel unsafe to stay in.
Guests in hotel rooms can also protect themselves from infection with SARS by washing their hands frequently.
But these precautions don’t protect against the spread of the disease.
“Bedsharing in hotels should be limited to one or two times a week and should be done in a clean, air-conditioned room,” Schinkler said.
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“In a hotel, there should be a bedside table with a sink and a toilet,” Strombein said.
This table is typically on the floor, but it can be found on the bedside, and guests should be allowed to use it in a safe manner, he said.
Guests should also keep the sink and toilet separate from other items in the room, such as food, utensils, and even towels.
Guests are also asked to avoid touching surfaces in a restaurant, hotel bar, or other places where people have been in the same room with other people.
Guests at the hotel should be trained to wash their hands before using the bathroom and before eating, he added.
“If you use a wash basin or basin, wash your hands frequently and not immediately wash them,” Stomberg said.
Hotel bedsharing should also be limited in the use and size of the bed, he stressed.
Guests can’t use a bed for a night in a short period of time and it is difficult to make the bed and keep it clean.
Guests may have to clean up any bedding left behind, and the flooring is usually not cleaned.
The bedding should be cleaned once a week, said Stromberg