Nothing quite ruins a trip like coming down with an illness while away. Knowing that sandy beach is waiting just outside your hotel room while you are stuck in bed is a special kind of torture. If we’ve learned anything over the last two years, it’s the importance of cleanliness, especially while traveling. Lysol Pro Solutions has released the dirtiest germ hotspots travelers need to watch out for after an intensive study. Contaminant levels were tested on surfaces in fifteen hotels throughout the United States, one airport, and ten airplanes.
To test each surface, scientists used ATP (adenosine triphosphate) analysis. The test essentially involves rubbing a pre-moistened cotton swab on a surface and then placing it into a reader that measures bacteria levels. One downside of the method is that it cannot detect viruses, as it can only detect living cells. Also, since it can only detect the presence of living cells, the test cannot distinguish between ‘good’ bacteria and ‘bad’ bacteria. The test will instead give a reading of all bacteria detected on the surface. For areas that should be sterile and free of all bacteria, the test is an excellent representation of how clean the area is.